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  • 02/26/2016 - 14:10

    This post originally appeared February 8th on the Boston Children’s Hospital Vector blog.

    Like a virus, the story of Zika virus in the Americas is evolving very, very rapidly. Just in the last week we’ve seen:

  • 02/13/2016 - 14:07

    The CDC recently posted this update on Zika virus:

    CDC director: What we’re doing about the Zika virus

    Posted on February 1, 2016 by CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden

    This blog post was originally posted on on February 1, 2016

    CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden

  • 01/28/2016 - 14:01

    OPENPediatrics is pleased to announce the release of our second virtual simulator, the peritoneal dialysis simulator. The peritoneal dialysis simulator was created in collaboration with a team of nephrologists from the United States and South Africa. This resource offers stand-alone education on all elements of managing a child on peritoneal dialysis, including: assessment of patient and dialysate; monitoring and responding to patient variables and laboratory results; and identifying complications from device manipulations.

    The simulator contains three sections:

    1. Knowledge Guide: Text and interactive steps to demonstrate how to use the peritoneal dialysis simulator.

    2. Tactics: Short problems for the learner to solve.

    3. Cases: Clinical scenarios to teach peritoneal dialysis set-up, titration and troubleshooting

  • 01/20/2016 - 13:55

    OPENPediatrics is pleased to announce the publication of our video, “The Iron Lung and Polio,” by Dr. Mark Rockoff. In this video, Dr. Rockoff talks about the history, development and use of the iron lung in response to polio. The iron lung, a machine designed to help patients who have lost part or all of their ability to control the muscles involved in breathing, was first used clinically in 1928 to treat an 8 year-old girl with polio at Boston Children’s Hospital. During the 1950’s, when a polio epidemic spread through Boston, much of the hospital was devoted to treating the victims.

  • 12/29/2015 - 13:52

    An article on the Association for Talent Development site recently featured OPENPediatrics in an article by Jackie Lebihan highlighting the importance of not only disseminating innovation, but also fostering its adoption:

  • 05/08/2015 - 21:53

    In honor of National Nurses Week 2015, we are sharing a list of the top nursing resources available on OPENPediatrics' Clinician Community Site. 

  • 03/09/2015 - 17:26

    The Open Education Consortium's annual Open Education Week begins today and runs from March 9 through March 13. This year's events focus on the theme, The World Wants to Learn. Open Education Week is designed to highlight open education efforts from around the world, and creates awareness of these efforts so that a range of audiences can gain an understanding of the importance of open education practices.

  • 02/27/2015 - 22:10

    The most creative solutions to common problems often come from the least expected sources. In one such example, clinicians in the medical field embraced the experience and knowledge of NASCAR teams to drastically improve patient care.

    Forbes recently published an article about NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports, and the role they have taken in sharing their model with orthopedic surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). The world of high-speed motor racing involves pit stops in which teams must come together in a high-risk, complex environment to solve an issue as quickly as possible. They do so by using an extremely well-tested and efficient team-based model.

  • 01/10/2015 - 02:30

    OPENPediatrics recently published six new videos to our clinician community site. In the first video, "Development of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus," Michael Agus, MD, Director of the Medicine Critical Care Program at Boston Children's Hospital, provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the development of Type 1 Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM).  Dr. Agus explains the pathophysiology as well as the typical patient presentation, from development of insulin resistance to ketoacidosis.

  • 11/11/2014 - 01:25

    Gradian Health Systems has come up with a solution to the problem faced by conventional anesthesia machines in developing countries with unreliable electricity. They have designed a “Universal Anesthesia Machine (UAM),” which continues to run even if the hospital loses power. This critical innovation allows surgeries to continue with lower risk to the patient in low-resource settings with inconsistent electricity.

    As reported in “Fast Company Magazine”:


    “Since opening for business three years ago, Gradian has delivered 95 machines to 17 countries, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa. It sells the UAM for $16,400—which is what it costs to make and ship—and then provides free training and maintanence…