PTCIB supports research and research training focused on preventing, treating, and reducing all forms of childhood trauma, injury, and critical illness across the continuum of care. The branch encourages collaborative inquiry in basic, clinical, and translational research to promote discoveries, new treatment paradigms, and interventions that improve the quality of life for children and families who have experienced all forms of trauma or critical illness. The branch welcomes projects that utilize the analysis of large datasets to advance the care of critically ill and injured children. Topics of interest to PTCIB include, but are not limited to:
- Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome
- Respiratory failure
- Traumatic brain injury
- Care of critically ill technology-dependent children
- Ethical and end-of-life issues in pediatric critical care patients
- Emergency medical services for children (EMSC)
- Traumatic stress
- Child maltreatment
- Other causes of traumatic injury
- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM).
- HHS's "Strong and Thriving Families" NCAPM website and CDC's "Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention" website both offer ways to increase awareness and provide families with the resources and strategies needed to prevent child abuse and neglect.
- In response to concerns that COVID-related stay-at-home orders might correlate with increased incidences of child abuse, UNICEF has posted technical guidance designed to help authorities strengthen protection measures for children during the pandemic .
- Keeping Children Safe after Hurricane Harvey: From the Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Resources to Keep Children Safe in the Aftermath of a Hurricane : From ChildTrends.org
- Video: PTCIB Chief Dr. Valerie Maholmes Talks About TBI in Kids
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- Branch Strategic Plan
- Meeting: Advances in Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Research: Building the Field, Advancing the Science
This scientific meeting included presentations and discussions related to the PTCIB strategic research agenda; view meeting videocast.
- Tamburro, R. F., Jenkins, T. L., & Kochanek, P. M. (2016). Strategic planning for research in pediatric critical Care. Pediatric Critical Care: a Journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, 17, 11, e539-e542. PMID: 27679964
- Maholmes, V., Tamburro, R. F., & Jenkins, T. L. (2016). Toward a research agenda on pediatric trauma and critical illness. JAMA Pediatrics, 170, 1, 7-8.
- Maholmes, V. (2015). Championing research on traumatised and injured children. Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, 21, 6, 441. (PDF 314 KB)
- Meeting: Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome: A Challenge for the Pediatric Critical Care Community. This 2-day workshop organized by the branch included discussions of this syndrome, identified key knowledge gaps, and considered potential opportunities for future research. Pediatric Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome Supplement to Pediatric Critical Care Medicine .
- Workshop on Pulmonary Complications of Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HCT). Co-sponsored by NICHD, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Cancer Institute, this workshop was a multidisciplinary effort to describe the status of pulmonary complications occurring within a year after HCT in children, to identify critical gaps in existing knowledge and to explore avenues for research to address these knowledge gaps to advance care and optimize outcomes.