OPENPediatrics is pleased to announce the launch of our newest curriculum, Pediatric Palliative and End of Life Care. This program is designed to provide information to practitioners who treat pediatric patients in the primary care or the subspecialty setting about palliative care for pediatric patients.
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OPENPediatrics has partnered with the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education (INSPIRE) to develop the Neonatal Tracheal Intubation video.
The INSPIRE group is a collaborative group of simulation experts, clinicians, educators, investigators, statisticians, human factors researchers, and psychologists who have one common goal and mission: to improve the care delivered to all neonates, infants, and children using simulation.
OPENPediatrics has reached a significant usage milestone: Since the project's inception, OPENPediatrics resources have now been viewed or downloaded more than 1 million times, including more than 760,000 views of OPENPediatrics videos. The OPENPediatrics website has been visited from every country and territory on the globe (excluding Antarctica), and we have registered users from 145 countries and over 2,380 hospitals and universities worldwide.
34 million people globally are living with HIV or AIDS. Despite being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. The theme of this year's World AIDS Day campaign is HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong. The aim of the campaign is to try to change people's attitudes about HIV and their attitudes towards those living with HIV today. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away - there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
OPENPediatrics, a free and open access learning platform for pediatric clinicians, is pleased to announce that we have been named a winner of The American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest for the development of our Hemodialysis Simulator. This annual contest highlights individuals or groups that have created innovative tools to help teach medical students, residents, and fellows aspects of nephrology, including renal physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical disease.
View our entry video to the American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest below. We expect to have the Hemodialysis Simulator available on the OPENPediatrics site in early 2017.
Dr. Lisa DelSignore, one of our OPENPediatrics Associates, has published an original research paper in the Journal of Medical Research under the mentorship of OPENPediatrics Co-Directors, Drs. Traci Wolbrink and Jeffrey Burns, evaluating the effect on pediatric residents' knowledge gain of using interspersed test questions and periodic breaks during online video viewing as compared to traditional video viewing without any breaks or questions.
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics and poses one of the most pressing public health threats. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with a league of national and international partners, will observe the ninth annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week from November 14-20. During this week, participants will raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and emphasize the importance of appropriate antibiotic use across all health care settings. Each year in the United States, 47 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions are written and up to 1/3 - 1/2 of antibiotic use in humans is deemed unnecessary or inappropriate.
Despite being easily preventable and treatable, pneumonia kills more children under the age of five than any other disease, claiming a life every 20 seconds worldwide. In order to raise awareness of the importance of providing vaccines and antibiotics for children, November 12 has been declared World Pneumonia Day.
OPENPediatrics has partnered with the Pneumonia Innovations Team, a global community network that focuses efforts on increasing awareness and mobilizing resources to combat childhood pneumonia, to bring you The Pneumonia Innovations Team Health Kit. Included in this kit are videos, such as the one featured below, and flyers presenting information on recognizing the signs of, and treating pneumonia.
OPENPediatrics Program Co-Directors Drs. Traci Wolbrink and Jeffrey Burns, and Data Analyst Nabila Mirza, in collaboration with OPENPediatrics External Advisory Board Member Dr. Niranjan "Tex" Kissoon, authored a paper recently published in Academic Medicine assessing the worldwide use of our World Shared Practice Forums.
Since 1980 diabetes has nearly doubled worldwide, with an annual estimate of 422 million people living with this disease. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has declared November 14 as World Diabetes Day "with the aim to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue." The IDF has estimated that globally as many as 193 million people living with diabetes in 2015 were unaware of their disease.
With the theme for 2016 being "Eyes on Diabetes," the International Diabetes Federation aims to spread two key messages: