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Annual Report

Pediatric Emergency Medicine SIG Annual Report

Co-chairs: Jennifer Marin, MD, MSc, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh;
Elizabeth Alpern, MD, MSCE, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

SIG purpose/mission: Advance Pediatric Emergency Medicine

2017 SIG Meeting-

Title: Pediatric Sepsis: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?
Description: There is exciting ongoing national work on the emergency department diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and outcomes for pediatric sepsis. In addition, there is increasing state legislation concerning screening and treatment of sepsis. This SIG will address recent initiatives and goals for future work in order to improve the recognition and management of pediatric patients with sepsis, with presentations on national guideline developments, quality improvement science, knowledge generation and translation, and legislative action.


  1. Learn strategies to implement and assess quality improvement initiatives to improve the emergency department recognition and management of pediatric sepsis
  2. Recognize current initiatives toward establishing consensus definitions for pediatric sepsis
  3. Understand the present and future landscape of clinical and translational research in pediatric sepsis
  4. Be familiar with current legislative strategies as they impact care in the emergency department

Speakers & Topics

  1. Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Translational research in pediatric sepsis
  2. Marcus Friedrich, MD, MBA, New York State Department of Health. New York state sepsis initiative update
  3. Charles Macias, MD, MPH, Texas Children's Hospital. Microsystems, macrosystems and national agendas: QI in pediatric sepsis work
  4. Raina Paul, MD, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. QI to improve sepsis care
  5. Halden Scott, MD, Children's Hospital of Colorado. Practice updates from recent clinical research
  6. Scott Weiss, MD, MSCE, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Definitions, epidemiology, and guidelines for pediatric sepsis
  7. Panel Discussion

April 2016 Newsletter Article

APA Pediatric Emergency and Injury Control Special Interest Groups
Monday May 2nd 2016

Boundaries of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Mission:
What Constitutes an "Emergency"?

This year, the Emergency Medicine and Injury Control Special Interests Groups will have a special, combined meeting. The emergency department, in its role as interface between the hospital and a relatively vulnerable patient population, has always had a multi-faceted mission that is often outside the care of the acutely ill and injured. The fluid nature of the boundary around our mission requires us to regularly re-examine what is included. For example, is Injury Prevention part of our job? Chronic asthma care? Sexual Health? Warm meals?

For pediatric emergency departments, this is all the more true given the vulnerability of children. However, an unfocussed ever-expanding mission that varies from pediatric emergency department to pediatric emergency department is a threat to the cohesion of the field. We propose to use this combined Special Interest Group to look at this dilemma more closely, in a forum encouraging active discussion.

Speakers and Topics

  • Dr. Mark Zonfrillo: Role of the Emergency Department in Injury Prevention
  • Dr. Roger Zemek and Dr. William Meehan: Concussion and the Extension of the Emergency Department Mission
  • Dr. Yaron Finkelstein: Poisoning and Efforts beyond Acute Treatment
  • Dr. Joseph Zorc: Asthma and the Limits of Follow-up
  • Dr. Cynthia Mollen: Role of the Emergency Department for Patients with Sexual Health Issues
  • Dr. Eliot Nelson, Dr. Karen Sheehan, Dr. Stephen Teach and Dr. Cynthia Mollen: Panel Discussion

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Elizabeth Alpern, MD, MSCE
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 227-6080

Jennifer Marin, MD, MSc
4401 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Phone: (412) 692-7692



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