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  • 03/21/2018 - 19:31

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, and the US Department of Health & Human Services describes the campaign best; "Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being." 

    The U.S Department of Health & Human Services has developed a list of resources to help support providers in their work with parents, caregivers and children to prevent child abuse and neglect. Visit their site to learn more about Child Abuse Prevention Month and ways you can support your community.

  • 02/20/2018 - 18:52

    The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness in the month of March. Children 14 and under make almost half a million emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury annually.

    Awareness of brain injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)—a subset of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)— has increased, due in part to the numbers of returning service men and women who sustained TBI during tours of service. However, each year, millions of children and adults sustain a TBI from falls, motor vehicle accidents, assault, or accidents in which a person is struck to the head. The BIAA’s campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families.    

  • 11/27/2017 - 15:10

    December 1st marks World AIDS Day. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the HIV virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

    World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day.  Learn more about how to become involved by visiting worldaidsday.org

    The 2017 campaign is Let's End It: 

  • 11/15/2017 - 13:09

    November 12th-18th is National Nurse Practitioner Week! National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate and recognize all of the hardworking nurse practitioners worldwide. Nurse Practitioner's (NPs) play a huge role in the healthcare industry offering high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care. NPs diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections and injuries; they order, perform, interpret and supervise diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays; and they prescribe medications and other treatments. In addition, NPs partner with their patients, providing health education and counseling, thus guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices, which ultimately may lead to reduced health care costs. 

  • 11/08/2017 - 16:36

    Did you know 1 in 7 births is affected by Gestational Diabetes? World Diabetes Day (WDD) is November 14th and it is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

    This years theme is Women & Diabetes. There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Join the campaign by using the following hashtags: #Diabetes #WomenandDiabetes #GestationalDiabetes #Empowerwomen #Diabetesawareness #T1D #T2D #Bluecircle #Right2Health

  • 11/03/2017 - 19:02

    Pneumonia is one of the most solvable problems in global health and yet a child dies from the infection every 20 seconds. Together we can ensure the fight against pneumonia is won.

    World Pneumonia Day brings people from all over the world together uniting to demand that something be done to fight the pneumonia illness. World Pneumonia Day helps to highlight the severity of pneumonia and encourages more organizations to look at ways of combating the disease.

    It's marked every year on 12 November to:

  • 10/25/2017 - 19:05

    Every year, 1 in 150 people who have uncontrolled seizures dies from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, known as SUDEP.
    The Epilepsy Foundation has celebrated National Epilepsy Awareness Month since 1969. In 2003, November was declared as National Epilepsy Awareness Month. 

    People living with epilepsy can start to #AimForZero seizures with these behaviors:

    1. Take medication as prescribed
    2. Get enough sleep
    3. Limit alcohol
    4. Strive to stop seizures

    Join the campaign by using the #AimForZero hashtag during the month of November. Also, use the #ShareMySeizure hashtag which is an education and awareness initiative conducted cooperatively between the Epilepsy Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • 10/23/2017 - 18:21

    Each year, Respiratory Care Week is celebrated in the last full week of October to recognize and honor all of the hardworking respiratory therapists worldwide. The American Association for Respiratory Care offers some great tools on their site to help institutions celebrate this week. Download the National Respiratory Week Planning Guide for events and activities you can organize to celebrate the respiratory therapists in your institution. Be sure to participate in the global conversation on social media with the hashtag #RCweek17. 

  • 10/16/2017 - 17:58

    Did you know October 17th is World Trauma Day? World Trauma Day was started in New Delhi, India in 2011 with the goal of setting aside a day to consider the impact, prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries and death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) trauma is a major cause of death and disability across the world. In India alone, approximately 400,000 lives are lost every year due to road accidents and the resulting trauma. WHO research has shown that at least 50 percent of road deaths occurring in developing countries could have been prevented with immediate pre-hospital care. 

    In support of World Trauma Day OPENPediatrics is featuring our trauma resources, such as our video "Trauma Evaluation in the ICU" by Dr. Christopher Weldon. In this video, learn about how to systematically evaluate a patient with a traumatic injury. 

  • 10/11/2017 - 16:46

    OPENPediatrics is excited to announce the launch of our latest course, Aligning Patient-Provider Expectations for Informed ConsentThis course, produced in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice,​ focuses on improving communication and relational skills during the informed consent process to better align provider and family expectations, with a specific focus on surgical informed consent.