2012 EMSC Pediatric-Related News

AAP Releases Car Seat App (12/20/2012)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a new smart-phone application to help parents ensure that their kids are buckled up as securely as possible on every trip. The app features an easy-to-use "Find a Car Seat" checker to quickly learn what car seat is right for your child based on age, height, and weight. The app includes installation instructional videos, audio clips, recall information, and articles to help parents use their car seats safely. In addition, the app includes a full sortable product guide updated for 2013.

Now Available: NASN Video Series on Anaphylaxis (12/10/2012)

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) introduced two episodes of its new video series "School Nurses: Partnering to Avoid and Respond to Anaphylaxis." Episode 1 shows how school nurses play a vital role in helping to avoid and manage an anaphylactic reaction. Episode 2 features a real-world example of what a successful partnership between school nurses and parents can do to help create a safer learning environment for students with severe allergies.

MCHB to Host the Webcast "Moving from Awareness to Action in Bullying Prevention" (11/30/2012)

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will host the webcast Moving from Awareness to Action in Bullying Prevention: Training Resources for the Field from 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. This presentation from the Federal Partners in Bulling Prevention Webinar Series will explore how local communities can activate partnerships to create positive change in bullying prevention. During this webcast, MCHB's new Bullying Prevention Training Module and Community Action Toolkit will be showcased.

BTF to Host the Webcast "Pediatric TBI: Second Edition of the Guidelines and Beyond" (11/29/2012)

The Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF) will host the webcast Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Second Edition of the Guidelines and Beyond from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Patrick Kochanek, MD, professor and vice chairman of Critical Care Medicine and director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will lead the webinar presentation. In this presentation, Dr. Kochanek will discuss the second edition of the Pediatric TBI Guidelines document and the approach taken to its formulation. He will also outline a number of the evidence-based changes in the guidelines and will present some additional information on new studies that have been published on pediatric TBI subsequent to the publication of the guidelines.

HRSA Launches Health IT for Children Toolbox (11/08/2012)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has launched the Health Information Technology (IT) for Children Toolbox. The toolbox has been designed for those interested in applying health IT to improve child health and well being. It includes a compilation of health IT resources to support information technology in children's health promotion and disease prevention.

AAP Clinical Report: Relief of Pain and Anxiety in Pediatric Patients in Emergency Medical Systems (11/02/2012)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a clinical report aimed to provide information to optimize the comfort and minimize the distress of children and their families as they are cared for in the emergency setting. The report provides evidence-based system-level and provider-level guidance for pain management and the administration of anti-anxiety medication in the acute care setting. Recommendations within the report suggests physicians should begin to address pain and anxiety as soon as a child comes in contact with the EMS system and that this care should continue through discharge of the child from the emergency department.

AHRQ Releases Guide for Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients with Limited English Proficiency (10/26/2012)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released "Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients with Limited English Proficiency" to help hospitals prepare for the TeamSTEPPS Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Module. The guide focuses on how to better identify, report, monitor, and prevent medical errors in patients with LEP. The TeamSTEPSS LEP module is designed to help an organization develop and deploy a customized plan to train staff in teamwork skills and lead a medical teamwork improvement initiative in an organization from initial concept development though a sustainment of positive changes. Comprehensive curricula and instructional guides include short case studies and videos illustrating teamwork opportunities and successes.

Podcast Now Available on Cultural Awareness: Children and Youth in Disasters (10/12/2012)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recently made available a 60-minute podcast aimed to assist disaster behavioral health responders in providing culturally aware and appropriate disaster behavioral health services for children, youth, and families affected by natural and human-caused disasters. The podcast addresses:

  • the definition of cultural awareness;

  • the importance of cultural awareness in disaster services, particularly with children and youth;

  • common reactions of children to disaster and trauma; and

  • helpful approaches to working with children affected by a disaster.

To download the slides and the transcript, visit the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center webinar page.

AHRQ Publishes Results on Two Different Tools which Help Measure Tracheal Intubation Adverse Events and Performance in PICUs (10/05/2012)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published results on two recent studies describing tools that can help measure tracheal intubation adverse events and performance in pediatric intensive care units. The first study adapted the National Emergency Airway Registry to identify unwanted intubation-associated events. The second study used an assessment tool to rate the technical and behavioral performance of airway management teams during real intubation events.

CSN Releases Updated Child Passenger Safety Resource Guide 2012 (09/27/2012)

The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) has updated its resource guide on child passenger safety. The guide contains data, research articles, updates on policy and legislation, evidence-based prevention strategies, tools for program planning, and a list of national organizations that address child passenger safety.

ASPR Twitter Challenges Sparks Innovation in Tracking Local Health Trends (09/24/2012)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announces the new web-based application MappyHealth to track health concerns in real time by the use of Twitter. MappyHealth is the winning submission of 33 applicants in the developers’ challenge “Now Trending: #Health in my Community,” sponsored by ASPR.

The challenge grew from a request made by local health officials to ASPR to help in developing a web-based tool that could make social media monitoring more accessible to local health departments. Health officials can use this tool to identify emerging health issues and as an early warning of possible public health emergencies in a community. Health agencies can cross-reference this data with conventional health surveillance systems, build a baseline of trends, and determine emerging public health threats.

ATS Solicits Input on National Trauma Awareness Month Campaign Materials (09/17/2012)

Each year, the American Trauma Society (ATS), in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses and the EMS for Children National Resource Center, convene a committee to identify the theme and materials for National Trauma Awareness Month (NTAM). Committee members research current trends in traumatic injury prior to selecting one cause of major injuries to focus on during NTAM. The May 2012 observation focused on the growing problem of distracted driving. The campaign materials included, but were not limited to: fact sheets, pamphlets, videos, and games directed at educating the public on distracted drivers and persons or things that will distract the driver.

In preparation for the 2013 celebration, ATS has put together a survey aimed to help improve future campaign materials. Please take the time today to submit your input.

States Debate Who Should Make “Return to Play” Decisions for Youth Athletes (09/13/2012)

Stateline reports that while several states have passed anti-concussion legislation over the past several years, legislators in certain jurisdictions have recently faced unexpected opposition to similar proposals. Many of the existing laws focus on who can make "return to play" decisions for youth athletes who suffer head injuries during a game. In some states, however, lawmakers and health care professionals have debated who is most qualified to make these decisions as the most knowledgeable health care providers are not always the most accessible within a community.

Save the Children Releases Annual Disaster Report (09/07/2012)

Save the Children released its fifth annual National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters. The report analyzes four basic disaster preparedness and safety standards for children.

  • Standard I: A plan for evacuating children in childcare.
  • Standard 2: A plan for reuniting families after a disaster.
  • Standard 3: A plan for children with disabilities and those with access and functional needs.
  • Standard 4: A multi-hazard plan for K-12 schools.

To meet benchmarks, "states must require all regulated childcare settings to have written plans for evacuation and relocation, for family reunification following an emergency, as well as a specific plan to assist children with disabilities and those children with access and functional needs." The report also addresses what states must do to ensure the K-12 population is cared for in an event of a disaster.

Validation and Refinement of a Prediction Rule to Identify Children at Low Risk for Acute Appendicitis (08/31/2012)

A study published in Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine to validate and refine a clinical prediction rule. This study was written by the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine. This particular clinical prediction rule is used to identify which children with acute abdominal pain are at low risk for appendicitis.

The study took place within 10 pediatric emergency departments and included children and adolescents aged 3 to 18 years who presented with suspected appendicitis from March 1, 2009, through April 30, 2010. Of the 2,625 patients enrolled, 38.8% had appendicitis. Validation of the rule resulted in a sensitivity of 95.5%, specificity of 36.3%, and negative predictive value of 92.7%. However, theoretical application would have identified only 24% as being at low risk, misclassifying 42 patients with appendicitis. Refinement of the prediction rule resulted in a sensitivity of 98.1%, specificity of 23.7%, and negative predictive value of 95.3%.

The study concludes for any patient identified as being at low risk, clinicians should consider alternative strategies rather than proceeding to immediate computed tomographic imaging.

Leading Physician and Medication Safety Groups Endorse ENA Position on Weighing Pediatric Patients in Kilograms (08/23/2012)

The American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices have all endorsed the Emergency Nurses Association’s (ENA) position statement Weighing Pediatric Patients in Kilograms. The statement recommends several practices to ensure that pediatric patients’ weights are consistently measured and recorded in kilograms, including:

  • Scales used to weigh pediatric patients only be configured to record weights in kilograms.
  • Pediatric weights are recorded in a prominent place on the medical record.
  • Electronic medical records are standardized to allow only kilograms for pediatric weight entries
  • The pediatric patient’s actual weight is considered part of the mandatory nursing assessment unless they require resuscitation or emergent stabilization.
  • For the pediatric patient who requires resuscitation or emergent stabilization, a standard method of estimating weight in kilograms is used (e.g., length-based system).
  • The pediatric patient’s weight in kilograms is included in any inter- or intra-disciplinary patient hand off report.

HRSA Launches Stop Bullying Video Challenge (08/20/2012)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and its federal partners have launched a video challenge aimed to help prevent and end bullying in schools and communities across the nation. The video challenge invites youths ages 13-18 to create a 30 to 60 second video that will inform and motivate youth to prevent bulling. The goal of the contest is to create an impact through accepting videos that demonstrate:

  • peer-to-peer communication,
  • positive messaging, and
  • promotion of the Stop Bullying website.

NHTSA Releases Statewide Implementation of Prehospital Care Guidelines FOA (08/09/2012)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Statewide Implementation of Prehospital Care Guidelines. The aim of this cooperative agreement is to provide technical assistance to State EMS Offices, national organizations, and others to improve prehospital emergency medical care by promoting Statewide adoption and implementation of evidence-based or expert consensus-based guidelines and protocols for prehospital patient care using the National EBG Model Process.

NHTSA anticipates funding the project for up to three years for a total of $400,000. The application package is available on Grants.gov. The application deadline is August 31, 2012.

CHSC Releases Research Brief on the Use of Emergency Departments for Routine Care (08/03/2012)

The research brief, "Dispelling Myths about the Emergency Department Use: Majority of Medicaid Visits Are for Urgent or More Serious Symptoms" published by the Centers for Health Systems Change, addresses misconceptions about emergency department (ED) use. The brief presents data on hospital ED visits from the 2008 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Emergency Department. The authors use both symptoms and diagnoses to examine the composition of ED visits nationally, with the caveat that neither provides the whole story about why a particular patient visited an ED. Additional topics included are:

  • urgent vs. non-urgent ED visits;
  • ED visits by children enrolled in Medicaid vs. those by children enrolled in private health insurance plans; and
  • policy implications.

NIH Creates Office of Emergency Care Research (08/02/2012)

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has created an Office of Emergency Care Research (OECR) to help improve health outcomes and patients who require emergency care. OECR will focus on basic, clinical, and translational emergency care research and training across NIH and will be housed in NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). OECR will not fund grants; however, it will foster innovation and improvement in emergency care and in the training of future researchers in this field by:

  • Coordinating funding opportunities that involve multiple NIH institutes and centers.
  • Working closely with the NIH Emergency Care Research Working Group, which includes representatives from most NIH institutes and centers.
  • Organizing scientific meetings to identify new research and training opportunities in the emergency setting.
  • Catalyzing the development of new funding opportunities.
  • Informing investigators about funding opportunities in their areas of interest.
  • Fostering career development for trainees in emergency care research.
  • Representing NIH in government-wide efforts to improve the nation's emergency care system.

The creation of OECR is the culmination of more than five years of discussions between NIH and the emergency medicine community. OECR also responds to reports about the nation's emergency medical system issued in 2006 by the Institute of Medicine.

FEMA and Partners Release National Preparedness Report (07/13/2012)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the National Preparedness Report. The Report identifies significant progress the nation has made in areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. The Report has found that the nation has increased its collective preparedness, not only from external threats, but also for natural and technological hazards that face its communities.

Now Available: Podcast Series about the AHRQ Quality Indicators TM Toolkit for Hospitals (07/12/2012)

A new series of seven 10-minute audio interviews that feature hospital experts explaining how to use the quality improvement tools in the AHRQ Quality IndicatorsTM Toolkit for Hospitals is now available. The toolkit is a free resource to guide hospitals through the process of using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) inpatient quality indicators and patient safety indicators to improve care. Select to listen to any of these interviews and check out the toolkit. Also available are slide presentations and an audio recording from an introductory web conference about the toolkit.

IOM Offers Workshop on Telehealth in an Evolving Health Care Environment (07/06/2012)

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will host a workshop on The Role of Telehealth in an Evolving Health Care Environment on August 8 and 9, 2012. The workshop will discuss how telehealth can serve geographically isolated individuals and extend the reach of scarce resources, while also emphasizing quality and value in the delivery of health care services. The workshop will also discuss such topics as evolution of telehealth, current evidence base, technological developments, effects of public policies, and the role of the Department of Health and Human Services in promoting the use of telehealth.

AHRQ'sReport Examines Patient and Family Engagement Activities (07/05/2012)

A new report on the understanding of the impact of health information technology (IT) applications to enhance the provision of patient-centered care (PCC) is available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Enabling Patient-Centered Care through Health Information Technology assesses the evidence on the impact of health IT that supports PCC on the following:

  • health care processes;
  • clinical outcomes;
  • intermediate outcomes (patient or provider satisfaction, health knowledge and behavior, and cost);
  • responsiveness to needs and preferences of patients;
  • shared decision making and patient-clinician communication; and
  • access to information.

AHRQ expects this report to inform individual health providers, plans, and purchasers, as well as the health care system as a whole by providing important information to help improve healthcare quality.

AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Focuses on Pediatric Asthma Care (06/14/2012)

The May 9 issue of the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange features profiles of two programs that "improved pediatric asthma care by increasing adherence to well-established care guidelines." One profile describes a quality improvement project by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that helped 49 pediatric practices in Alabama, Maine, Ohio, and Oregon better adhere to established asthma care guidelines.

Support included upfront training on quality improvement concepts, followed by ongoing sharing of data and best practices and assistance with problem-solving. The AAP program improved adherence to recommended care processes and led to better asthma control, as the percentage of patients at participating practices whose asthma was well-controlled (as defined by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) rose from 58 percent to 72 percent. For more information or to read about the second program related to pediatric asthma, visit the Health Care Innovations Exchange website.

EMS.gov Launches a Fresh New Look! (06/01/2012)

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a new look and feel for its EMS.gov website. The redesigned site includes enhanced features that make it easier for EMS professionals, as well as federal, state, and local agencies, to access the latest professional news, education programming, events, and projects.

AHRQ Requests Nominations for its National Advisory Council (05/31/2012)

The Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) is seeking nominations for seven new public members for its National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. The council advises the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Director of AHRQ on matters related to activities of the Agency to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

AHRQ seeks individuals who are distinguished in the conduct of research, demonstration projects, and evaluations with respect to health care; in the fields of health care quality research or health care improvement; in the practice of medicine or other health professions; in the private health care sector (including health plans, providers, and purchasers) or administrators of health care delivery systems; in the fields of health care economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and in representing the interests of patients and consumers of health care. Nominations are due July 3.

2009/10 NS-CSHCN Indicator Data Set is Now Available (05/25/2012)

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau's (MCHB) Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health has just released the public use indicator data set and codebooks for the 2009/10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN).

This data set features measures for MCHB's six core outcomes for children with special health care needs, as well as key child health status, quality of care, and impact on family indicators. The data sets are available free of charge. Visit the DRC Request a Data Set Page to learn about how to receive the data set.

Pediatric Academic Societies Issues Call for Proposals (05/24/2012)

The 2013 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Program Committee is offering its constituents an opportunity to propose invited science (state-of-the-art plenary, topic symposia, hot topic, and/or mini-course) topics and speakers for the PAS Annual Meeting to be held May 4-7, 2013, in Washington, DC.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a venue for interdisciplinary scientific interactions and to present a wide range of cutting-edge science, from basic to translational (pre-clinical), clinical, and health services research that reflects our diverse pediatric academic disciplines. Proposals should be submitted electronically by June 28, 2012.

Webinar Now Available: Introduction to NEMSIS and Its Potential Uses in Syndromic Surveillance (04/27/2012)

The United States. 9-1-1 and EMS systems provide critical, time sensitive care to millions of patients every year. While EMS typically provides medical care to one patient at a time, data from EMS patient records and 9-1-1 calls can be used to enhance public health surveillance efforts. This webinar gives an overview of the EMS systems and the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS), and discusses how NEMSIS can be used in syndromic surveillance.

AHRQ Lists Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) Centers of Excellence Grant Awards (04/26/2012)

The Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) has put together a fact sheet describing the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP). The fact sheet also summarizes the seven cooperative agreement grants awarded by AHRQ to support the CHIPRA PQMP Centers of Excellence.

UNC Offers Free Online Trainings in Influenza Preparedness, Disease Surveillance, Bioterrorism, and More! (04/23/2012)

The University of North Carolina's (UNC) Center for Public Health Preparedness offers several free short internet-based trainings on public health preparedness topics, such as disease surveillance, basic epidemiology, bioterrorism, and new/emerging disease agents. Trainings address emergency readiness competencies plus core public health and epidemiology competencies. Free continuing education credits for trainings are available.

HRSA Releases Award Management Tutorial (04/16/2012)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is pleased to announce the development of its Award Management Tutorial. This tutorial provides important information that will assist awardees in the successful administration and fiscal management of their grant award and or cooperative agreement. While this tutorial highlights or summarizes important issues, it does not serve as a substitute for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grants Policy Statement (GPS) or any other federal requirements, program requirements, provisions or terms of award.

NHTSA Unveils Campaign to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths in Cars (04/13/2012)

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched its first-ever national campaign to prevent child heatstroke deaths in cars, urging parents and caregivers to think "Where's baby? Look before you lock." Heatstroke contributes to many non-crash, vehicle-related deaths and with unseasonably warm temperatures already striking many areas around the country, it is more vital than ever to establish a nation and community wide call-to-action.

NHTSA will launch a series of radio and online advertisements centered around the theme "Where's baby? Look before you lock," as well as a toolkit for parents and grassroots organizations to use in local outreach on the issue.

HRSA Revitalizes Stop Bullying Website (04/12/2012)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in partnership with the Department of Education, has re-launched its stopbullying.gov website to emphasize action steps individuals can take to prevent and stop bullying in their schools and communities. The new site features easy-to-use tools and resources for community leaders, young people, and families, including:

You can also follow StopBullying.gov on Twitter or Facebook for more information on how to take action.

NICH Offers Handbook for Families and Providers to Work Together to Improve Care (03/23/2012)

The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICH) offers Powerful Partnerships: Handbook for Families and Providers Working Together to Improve Care. This handbook helps both family members and healthcare professionals who are working together to improve care for children with special healthcare needs and includes information and guidance on how to get the most out of this potentially powerful partnership.

Register for AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Webinar Series (03/19/2012)

The Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a two-part webinar series on April 11 and April 18 on the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) databases, product, and tools. The first one-hour session, on April 11, introduces HCUP databases and related resources. Health services and policy researchers can learn how HCUP can enhance their research studies. The second one-hour session, on April 18, introduces HCUP products and tools that facilitate research, with particular emphasis on HCUPnet, the free online data query system. Separate registration for each webinar is required. Registration closes April 6 or when maximum capacity is reached.

NCDMPH Prioritizes Topics for Development of A Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Curriculum (03/16/2012)

In March of 2011, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) convened a panel of federal experts to begin the process of developing pediatric learning objects for a pediatric disaster preparedness curriculum. At the conclusion of the meeting, three prioritized topics for initial development were identified: Tracking and Reunification of Pediatric Disaster Victims, Overview of Radiation Exposure in Children, and Psychosocial Impacts on Children.

This pilot effort is the direct result of the recommendations made at the Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Curriculum Development Conference. A one-page fact sheet has recently been released detailing updates on the meeting, format plans for the learning modules, and more. Proceedings, recommendations, and a summary of discussion are available in the conference report.

IOM Releases Report on Safe and Effective Medicines for Children (03/15/2012)

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released the consensus report Safe and Effective Medicines for Children: Pediatric Studies Conducted Under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children (BPCA) and the Pediatric Research Equity Acts (PREA). BPCA and PREA were designed to encourage more pediatric studies of drugs used for children.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked the IOM to "review aspects of pediatric studies and changes in product labeling that resulted from BPCA and PREA and their predecessor policies, as well as assess the incentives for pediatric studies of biologics and the extent to which biologics have been studied in children. The IOM committee concludes that these policies have helped provide clinicians who care for children with better information about the efficacy, safety, and appropriate prescribing of drugs. The IOM suggests that more can be done to increase knowledge about drugs used by children and thereby improve the clinical care, health, and well-being of the nation's children."

AHRQ Seeks Submission of Measures of Children’s Health Care Quality for CHIPRA 2013 (03/12/2012)

The Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) is soliciting measures of children's health care quality for potential inclusion in the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) 2013. These measures could become part of an Improved Core Set of Health Care Quality Measures for potential voluntary use by State Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs, or be used for other potential purposes under CHIPRA. Deadline for submissions is April 24.

March 18-24 is National Poison Prevention Week (03/09/2012)

It is the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of poisoning. Poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the United States – ahead of motor vehicle accidents.

The nation's 57 poison control centers (PCCs) provide triage and treatment for possible poisoning exposures. They are also a helpful resource for non-emergency issues, including questions about medications. The toll-free Poison Help line (800-222-1222) connects callers to a poison expert at their local poison center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Calls to poison centers are free and confidential.

Of the 4 million calls PCCs receive a year, approximately 400,000 calls are from healthcare facilities. PCCs are not just a resource for patients, but for providers as well.

  • Consult a colleague on a poisoning case when you need the latest protocols.

  • Obtain up to-date information on emergent health issues, such as food and drug recalls.

  • Get help with identification of toxic substances or drugs including emerging substances of abuse like synthetic drugs.

  • Request locally relevant information including data about the most common poison exposures in your area.

AHRQ Releases New Podcast Series on Quality Improvement (03/05/2012)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces free training opportunities for TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety), a set of evidence-based, practical tools to help hospitals and other health care providers strengthen teamwork among caregivers with the goal of improving patient safety.

AHRQ and the Department of Defense designed the TeamSTEPPS program specifically for health care providers for use in a variety of care settings. All materials, training, and enrollment in the online user support network are free. Registration is required.

MCHB Seeking Comments on Its National Plan for MCH Training (03/02/2012)

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau's (MCHB) Division of Research, Training, and Education is developing the 2012–2020 National Plan for MCH Training. This plan will include MCH Training grantee-specific objectives and strategies applicable to a range of organizations that serve MCH populations. Recommendations on draft goals and objectives for the plan are now available for comment. Comments will be accepted until March 12, 2012. For more information, please contact Denise Sofka at the Division of Research, Training, and Education or Sheryl Mathis at the MCH Training and Research Resource Center.

Call for Nominations: 2012 Council on Community Pediatrics Awards (02/27/2012)

The Council on Community Pediatrics (COCP), a part of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is seeking nominations for its 2012 COCP Awards. COCP will recognize leaders in the community pediatrics field at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition for the following awards:

  • Job Lewis Smith Award
  • Calvin C J Sia Community Pediatrics Medical Home Leadership & Advocacy Award
  • Local Heroes Awards - View 2012 Call for Nominations
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Application of Epidemiologic Information to Child Health Advocacy (joint with the Section on Epidemiology)
  • National Pediatric Community Teaching Award

To nominate an individual for an award, review the full call for nominations and submit the applicable nomination materials by 5:00 pm (Central) March 23, 2012.

Legislation Introduced to Raise Awareness of Cardiomyopathy Through Schools (02/17/2012)

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) recently introduced H.R. 3625, the Cardiomyopathy Health Education, Awareness, Risk Assessment, and Training in the Schools (HEARTS) Act of 2011. One of the leading causes of death for both adults and children who are on school property is sudden cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, many people who experience such an arrest have an undiagnosed heart condition, such as cardiomyopathy. Therefore, this bill raises awareness amongst parents, schools, and health care professionals of the risks of cardiomyopathy. It also recommends that schools and child care centers develop and implement cardiac emergency response plans and that guidelines be developed for the placement and training on the use of automated external defibrillators in these settings, among other provisions.

Global Health & Disasters Course to Focus on Children and Disasters (02/10/12)

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Center for Global Health will offer a two-week Global Health & Disasters Course (formerly 'Tropical Medicine Course') from November 5-16 in Aurora, CO. The first four days of the course will focus on children in disasters and the remaining six days will focus on global health. The course prepares participants for international experiences and future global health work. This is an intensive training course that incorporates readings, lectures, small group problem-based learning exercises, technical skill sessions, and a disaster simulation exercise.

AHRQ Seeks Pediatric Inpatient Quality of Care Measures (02/06/12)

The Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) has posted a Request for Measures and Domains to Use in the Development of A Standardized Instrument for Use in Public Reporting of Family Experience of Pediatric Inpatient Care. AHRQ is calling for researchers, hospitals, vendors, stakeholders, and other interested parties to submit candidate measures or domains that measure families' satisfaction with the quality of inpatient medical or surgical care provided to pediatric patients.

Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care Offers Webinar on Creating Patient and Family Advisory Councils (02/03/12)

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care "provides leadership to advance the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care in hospitals and other health care settings." On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, the Institute will host a webinar from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (Eastern) on Creating Patient and Family Advisory Councils. The webinar will educate the community on approaches to developing partnerships with patients and families as advisors. Please note there is a cost associated with this webinar.

EMS Today to Host Pediatric Hybrid Course (02/03/12)

EMS Today will be taking place February 28- March 3, 2012, in Baltimore, MD. During this conference, an emergency pediatric care hybrid course will be offered to provide students with the opportunity to gain insight into the evaluation and treatment of pediatric patients. Registration is required for this course.

HHS Releases The Global Health Strategy (01/23/12)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released The Global Health Strategy in an effort to help guide "global efforts to prevent disease, disability, and death; promote health and well-being; advance knowledge and innovation; and strengthen partnerships and systems to improve responsiveness to myriad health challenges at home and abroad."

AAP to Implement Disaster Outreach and Collaboration for Kids Project (01/20/12)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences, will be implementing a Disaster Outreach and Collaboration for Kids Project with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine. The project will improve preparedness and response efforts for children by supporting pediatricians and librarians to work collaboratively and improve use of and access to disaster medicine and public health information.

The AAP is seeking contact information for pediatricians who are involved in previous or existing projects with librarians. Their efforts do not need to be related to disaster preparedness. Names and contact information can be submitted to DisasterReady@aap.org.

FEMA Offers Disaster Preparedness Applications for Mobile Devices (01/18/2012)

New Apple and Android apps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contain preparedness information for different types of disasters, an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section to plan emergency meeting locations, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster, a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations, and the FEMA blog.

In addition, FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission have collaborated to create a fact sheet to assist personal communications following a disaster that includes two important sets of tips. The first will help you prepare your home and mobile devices for a disaster. The second may help you communicate more effectively during and immediately after a disaster and is an excellent resource to assist local planning.

GAO Report Highlights Data Collection for Pediatric Medical Devices (01/17/2012)

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the development of pediatric devices lags years behind the development of devices for adults. The FDA Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) provided incentives to develop devices for children, particularly devices that receive FDA's humanitarian device exemption (HDE), a process for devices that treat or diagnose rare diseases or conditions.

The new report, Pediatric Medical Devices: Provisions Support Development but Better Data Needed for Required Reporting, released from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) (1) describes barriers to developing pediatric devices, (2) describes how pediatric device consortia have contributed to the development of pediatric devices, and (3) examines FDA data on the number of pediatric devices approved since FDAAA was enacted. GAO recommends that FDA collect reliable information to report data on pediatric medical devices by consistently using its existing pediatric electronic flag in its tracking system or otherwise developing internal controls.

Michigan Develops Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for Schools (01/13/2012)

The Michigan Department of Community Health, in partnership with the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Education, recently released the Emergency Preparedness Curriculum to teach children in first through 12th grade about common hazards and disasters, and to help them develop emergency preparedness skills and safety habits.

The curriculum was released to all public and private schools for the 2011-12 school year and has been integrated into the Michigan Model for Health currently being taught in more than 90 percent of Michigan's public schools, 200 private schools, and 39 other states, which utilize the Michigan Model for Health in their school systems. The Michigan Model for Health is a nationally acclaimed program that has been providing comprehensive health education to school-aged children since 1984.

The Emergency Preparedness project began in 2007 and was funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Child Maltreatment 2010 Report Shows Decrease in Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect (01/10/2012)

The US Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released its annual report on child abuse and neglect — Child Maltreatment 2010. For the fourth consecutive year, the report shows a steady decline in the number of victims who suffered maltreatment. Additional information on prevention of child abuse is available at Child Welfare Information Gateway.

National EMS Culture of Safety Draft 2 Available for Comment (01/09/2012)

The National EMS Culture of Safety is a three-year cooperative agreement between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration's EMSC Program and the American College of Emergency Physicians. The agreement has brought together representatives from national EMS and fire organizations to develop a national EMS "Culture of Safety" Strategy. Draft 2 of the Strategy is now available for comment.

FICEMS Releases 2011 National EMS Assessment (01/06/2012)

The Federal Interagency Committee for Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) has released the 2011 National EMS Assessment. This report provides the first-ever comprehensive description of emergency medical services, EMS emergency preparedness, and 911 systems at state and national levels using existing data sources. These data will allow the officials responsible for improving EMS systems to benchmark current and future performance and identify areas of strength and weakness