Colorado Pediatric Emergency and Trauma Conference 2023

Aurora, CO US
November 15, 2023 to November 16, 2023


The Colorado Pediatric Emergency and Trauma conference provides education for state-of-the-art care of the pediatric trauma patient in both the pre-hospital setting and through the continuum of inpatient care.

Registration closes 11/13

Target Audience

This program will be of interest to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, EMS providers, aeromedical personnel and ancillary staff.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze end-of-life care decisions and how they impact patients, families, and the healthcare team.
  • Plan optimal treatment for pediatric traumatic pneumothorax patients prior to transport.
  • Discuss the different approaches and objectives of traumatic mechanisms.
  • Debate where and when point-of-care ultrasound should be performed.
  • Examine the pearls and pitfalls to pediatric TBI management and discuss critical prehospital considerations.
  • Discuss tangible tools to build awareness of stress on a continuum, identify actionable steps to mitigate its impact, and explore systemic barriers that prevent recovery and resiliency. 
  • Examine impacts of traumatic stress and grief on the stress response.
  • List appropriate car seats for children as they grow and discuss hospital resources available to our patients, crash replacement, adaptive car seats for children with specific travel needs and counterfeit car seats.
  • Plan to educate a hospital on Mass casualty policies and procedures.
  • Describe management strategies for recognizing and addressing several common pediatric conundrums in the prehospital and interfacility transport setting.
  • Review airway and respiratory management of the critically injured child.
  • Appraise the basic EMS management concepts, examine new and exciting developments in prehospital management, and review best practices for caring for seizures.
  • Examine the core components of a level 1 verified trauma center, and the detailed process and intended outcome of a PIPS program.
  • Identify sentinel type injuries for child abuse and understand the recommended medical workup.
  • Assess why pediatric readiness matters and what resources are available through the Colorado EMS for Children program.
  • Review optimal management of acute hemorrhage in the pediatric trauma patient.
  • Discuss common neonatal diagnoses in the first 28 days of life.
  • Review best practices in information handoff for trauma patients.
  • Describe the appropriate management of burned patients with varying severity of injury.
  • Review relevant clinical markers that portend outcomes after moderate to severe brain injury.
  • Discuss the role of whole blood in resuscitating pediatric trauma patients.

Learner Outcome

Learners will self-report expanded knowledge of care of traumatized patients and identify available resources for pediatric trauma care to be brought back to their areas of practice.

Additional Information

Course Contact:
PDF icon CPETC 2023 Brochure.pdf1.24 MB
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 12.50 Attendance
  • 12.50 Colorado State EMS
  • 12.50 NCPD
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/15/2023 - 7:45am MST
Event ends: 
11/16/2023 - 5:00pm MST

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 16th Ave
Mt. Oxford, 2nd Floor Conference Center
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

Hybrid conference. You may attend virtually, or in-person at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Virtual registrants will receive a ZOOM link via email to join the conference.

Denise C. Abdoo, PhD, CPNP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Child Protection Team
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Kathleen Adelgais, MD MPH FAAP, FAEMS
Attending Physician, Children's Hospital Colorado Emergency Department
Professor, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Colorado EMS for Children Program

John F. Bealer, MD
Professor of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Trauma Medical Director and Administrative Lead
Children’s Hospital Colorado– Colorado Springs

Nicole Becher, MD
Pediatric Surgery Research Fellow
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Shannon Becker, BSN, RN, CPN
Trauma Program Manager
Children’s Hospital Colorado – Anschutz

Patrick “Jake” Cripe, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Clare Decker, MPH, CPH, CPST
Injury Prevention Coordinator 
Trauma Program
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Mandy Doria, MS, LPC, NCC, RYT-200 
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry 
Therapist with Stress, Trauma, Adversity, Research & Treatment (START) Clinic 
Program Director, Past the Pandemic Program for Healthcare Workforce 
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Michael Halaska, BSN, BS, RN, CPEN, CEN
Emergency Management Nurse Coordinator
Children’s Emergency Management Program
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Jonathan Higgins, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Attending
Emergency Department
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Joseph “Bob” Kelly, MD, DiMM
Clinical Instructor, Emergency Medicine
EMS Liaison
Children’s Hospital Colorado- Colorado Springs
Deputy Medical Direct Colorado Springs Fire Dept., 

Sigmund J. Kharasch, MD
Director, Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound
Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School

Kristin McAdamns Kim, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Univ of Colorado Medical School
Dept of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency medicine
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Jason Kotas, NREMT
EMS Outreach and Education Manager
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Maria J. Mandt, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director of EMS and Critical Care Transport
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Nicolena Mitchell
Paramedic Program Manager
University of Colorado, School of Medicine
Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Steve L. Moulton, MD
Professor of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Colorado Firefighter Endowed Chair
Medical Director, Trauma and Burn Programs
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Thomas A. Nakagawa, MD, FAAP, FCCM
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Jacksonville, Florida

Christopher Nichols, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology

Nicholas Stence, MD
Professor of Radiology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director of Pediatric Neuroradiology
Children’s Hospital Colorado

John Wiersch, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Burn Medical Director, Pediatric Surgeon
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Medical:  Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing:  Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational offering for 12.5 nursing contact hours is provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado.

EMS:  Children's Hospital Colorado is an approved provider of EMS continuing education through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division. Children's Hospital Colorado is EMS Training Group #EO49. This education offering is good for 12.5 hours.

General Attendance: A general certificate of attendance will be available for all other care providers.

Criteria for Successful Completion:

Registration, attendance, sign-in and submission of the evaluation, including a written response to questions related to any change in practice that you may make as a result of learning that took place at this activity, are required for successful completion and receipt of the certificate of attendance. Claim only those hours you attend. 

Available Credit

  • 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 12.50 Attendance
  • 12.50 Colorado State EMS
  • 12.50 NCPD

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