Chair: Diane McDonald, MD, Richard Lichenstein, MD
Committee Members: Scott Freedman, Annie Soriano, Adrienne Suggs, Stan Sinkford, Jen Anders, Dave Monroe, Ndidi Nkorie, Lesley Stephen, Kim Cass, Mike Clemmens, David Friedman, Raj Ghattu, Getachew Teshome, Julie Ellis, members from ACEP Cecile Myers / WAH and Bob Larkin/ Montgomery General and Carolyn Sporan and Lina Hong/ Holy Cross
Mission: Provides recommendations and updates on pediatric emergency care and serves as a liaison to the Maryland Emergency Medical Services for Children system which includes office practices, pre-hospital systems, emergency departments, hospitals, and state agencies. The committee also reviews and monitors current statistics of injuries in children and adolescents.
Recent Activity:1. Continuing educational series, on topics such as updates in treatment of pneumonia, UTI , asthma and drowning 2. Consultation on new statewide guidelines for pediatric emergency medicine designation and collaboration to submit grant to study the readiness of hospitals that treat children emergently 3. Webinar on teen driving and outreach to organization to get Maryland in national PROS study on this topic. Testimony on safety topics such as texting in autos and car restraint systems 4. Writing a grant to provide best practice guidelines to community hospitals. We are also in the process of writing a grant to pilot simulations as a means to train community physicians to be better prepared to handle emergencies.
Goals for the Year: 1. Organize efforts for delineation of pediatric emergency medicine services for MD hospitals. 2.Follow up on distraction study looking at cell phones and pedestrians and specifically Maryland survey responses. 3.Educational webinars and conferences on select Pediatric Emergency Medicine topics for MDAAP members. 4.Provide legislative support for injury and pediatric emergency medicine topics. 5. Submit grant on providing best practice guidelines via simulations to community hospital ED’s