National Pediatric Trauma Leaders Collaborate to Help Save Injured Children
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 9, 2015) – The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma hosted 50 key leaders from across the U.S. in pediatric trauma for a summit at Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Summit participants formalized plans for projects that will make the most impact in saving severely injured children across the U.S.
“Falls, car crashes and other traumatic events result in the death of nearly 10,000 children each year—that’s more than all other causes combined—and many more children are left with a lengthy rehabilitation or lifelong disability,” said Robert J. Gfeller, executive director of the Childress Institute. “It’s our goal to improve care for all injured children in America, and we can achieve this faster and smarter if we work together. Everyone that participated in the summit is passionate about saving the lives of injured kids.”
The group identified four core projects including:
Rural health care provider needs assessment
Pediatric trauma educational platform—a variety of resources available to all healthcare providers
Pediatric trauma dashboard to help measure a provider’s strengths and opportunity for improvement
Preliminary Diagnosis App for the general public
Small group sessions were led by Dr. Mary Fallat of Kosair Children’s Hospital, Dr. David Mooney of Boston Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Jeffrey Upperman from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Next steps include collaboration to produce and publish a paper on the Summit’s findings, which will be led by Dr. Barbara Gaines from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The 2015 summit is a follow up meeting to the first Childress Summit held in 2013 to assess the state of pediatric trauma care in the U.S. and create a 10-year plan for best practices in research, treatment and education, the results of which were published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Trauma.
The summit included pediatric trauma leaders from 15 states, as well as several national organizations from Washington, D.C., and a representative from Canada:
American College of Surgeons
Boston Children’s Hospital
Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s National Health System
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (National Institutes of Health)
Kosair Children’s Hospital
KY Hospital Association
Maternal Child Health Bureau / Health Resources and Services Administration
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
San Antonio Military Medical Center
Texas Children’s Hospital
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
University of Toronto
University of Utah
University of Washington
About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
Life threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. Nearly 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries, and many more are treated in the emergency room. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Childress Institute has two goals: to raise the level of care nationwide for severely injured children, and to address injury prevention and care in youth recreation and sports. The Childress Institute funds research, education and advocacy programs to help improve the care and treatment injured children receive across the U.S. Visit www.SaveInjuredKids.org to learn more, or find us on Facebook or Twitter @injuredkids.