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  • 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.

  • 10/09/2017 - 14:47

    International Infection Prevention Week takes place the third week of October each year, and raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. Each of us—patients, families, and healthcare personnel—has an important role to play in keeping patients safe from infection. Do your part—and hand hygiene is key! 

    The 2017 theme for International Infection Prevention Week is Antibiotic Resistance. Learn more at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) website. Also, be sure to participate in the Twitter chat on October 17th using hashtag #IIPWChat and #IIPW.

  • 10/03/2017 - 16:34

    Dear OPENPediatrics Community,

    OPENPediatrics is conducting our annual survey and would love to hear from you! We would be extremely thankful if you took time out of your busy day to give us feedback. Please let us know what you like about OPENPediatrics, what we can improve, and what you would like to see us do in this coming year. All results will be kept anonymous, and the survey should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Again, thank you for taking the time to complete this survey, we appreciate your input!

    Participate in the survey here: 

    The OPENPediatrics Team

  • 09/22/2017 - 19:42

    World Heart Day was created by the World Heart Federation and is celebrated every September 29th. World Heart Day aims to inform people around the globe that cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.5 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD.

  • 09/13/2017 - 17:25

    Each year sepsis affects more than 25 million people worldwide, and it is the #1 cause of death in young children. Although in the U.S sepsis kills more people each year than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined, surprisingly only about 55% of adults have even heard of sepsis. To help combat this issue, the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) established September 13th as World Sepsis Day to increase awareness and bring attention to this global health problem. The World Sepsis Day website offers many ways you can participate in and support World Sepsis Day.

  • 08/23/2017 - 18:42

    Help us make OPENPediatrics more effective and helpful by participating in an online focus group: Evaluating the impacts of online communities of practice: The case of OPENPediatrics. Ongoing professional development is a challenge for many clinicians and other health professionals, especially those practicing in pediatric fields due to factors such as lack of time and lack of access to high quality learning materials from reliable sources (Carolina & Carolina, 2010; OPENPediatrics, 2015). Communities of practice, especially online forms like OPENPediatrics, can help address this problem. Such communities can provide access to state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques with the potential to improve quality of care (Bates, 2015; Gardner, Bridges, & Walmsley, 2012; U.S. Department of Education, 2011).

  • 08/01/2017 - 17:23

    OPENPediatrics is pleased to announce the launch of our latest continuing education course, Brain Death Examination. In this course, participants will learn about how to systematically approach making the diagnosis of brain death in patients, including the required components of the clinical examination with a dedicated focus on how to perform an apnea test. This course will offer both nursing and physician continuing education credits. Clincians can also earn Maintenace of Certification credit through the American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Internal Medicine for completion of this course.