Pediatric Trauma Specialists Converge to Improve Care for Injured Kids

UPDATE: View recommendations published in the Journal of Trauma in 2014.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – April 25, 2013 – The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma has partnered with the Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS) to co-host a national pediatric trauma conference at Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Childress Summit of the PTS assessed the state of pediatric trauma care in the U.S. and created a 10-year plan for best practices in research, treatment and education.

“Life-threatening injuries kill more children in America than all other causes combined, and it is our mission to save the lives of injured children,” said CIPT Executive Director Dr. Wayne Meredith. “The Childress Summit of the PTS will define the knowledge gaps in pediatric trauma through research, treatment and education strategies to close those gaps. The summit is unique in the breadth and depth of talent converging to address pediatric trauma.”

Nearly 10,000 children die each year due to life-threatening injuries – more than all other causes combined. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and PTS are dedicated to improving outcomes for critically injured children across the U.S.

“The membership of PTS includes the leaders in pediatric trauma throughout the country,” said Trauma Program Manager of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and President of PTS Lynn Haas. “Our goal is to leave this summit with a plan to impact the No. 1 killer of children in America. It is up to us to lay out the changes needed and then find the funding sources to make those changes happen. Together, we will save the lives of more critically injured children.”

Attendees included 56 representatives from 18 states representing children’s hospitals, trauma centers, research facilities and government agencies across the U.S., including:

  •  Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC
  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
  • Columbia University, Harlem Hospital Center
  • Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Dell Children’s Medical Center
  • EMSC at Children’s National Medical Center
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Kosair Children’s Hospital
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Institute for Health and Society
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Department of Health & Human Services, ASPR, Emergency Care Coordination Center
  • UF&Shands Jacksonsville
  • University of California, Davis School of Medicine
  • University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine


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