All posts by Lindsay Peters

Opioid Policies and Pediatrics: When the Pendulum Swings Children Will Get Hurt

Even if you have turned off all news sources over the past two years, it would be hard to escape the urgent alarms regarding opioid misuse in the US.  The statistics are remarkable.

  • Since 1999, overdose deaths involving opioids quadrupled.1
  • 2000-2015: greater than half a million people died from drug overdoses.
  • 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
  • 1999 to 2010: number of prescription opioids sold to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors’ offices nearly quadrupled. 2,3

This is compelling evidence that we have a problem—perhaps some more than others.  Opioid addiction is a frequent challenge for those caring for adults in the Emergency Department with some centers (e.g., rural) seeing more of this than others. Those who care for injured and ill children are left with two important questions:  (1) What is the evidence regarding opioid addiction in children? (2) To what extent is the management of acute pain in the Emergency Department contributing to an increase in opioid related morbidity and mortality? read more

Help support the thousands of children affected by Hurricane Harvey

The EMS for Children Innovation & Improvement Center recently reached out to the Texas Pediatric Society Foundation (TPSF) to request that they set up an Emergency Relief/Recovery giving category targeting the special needs of children post disaster. The mission of the TPSF is to enhance the well-being of Texas children by supporting efforts to help improve their health, safety and education and to make a positive impact on their lives and futures.

The funds collected by the TPSF for Emergency Relief/Recovery will be provided in the form of grants to emergency relief and recovery efforts conducted by physicians, community advocates and other child advocacy organizations in Texas during times of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, flood, fire, earthquake and other emergency events. To find out more about the TPSF visit their website at https://txpeds.org/tps-foundation. To make a donation to the TPSF Emergency Relief/Recovery giving category use the online form. read more

Child Abuse: By the Numbers

Ryan Brown, MD, FAAP

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Medical Director, Child Protection Team at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center

Child maltreatment is a terrible fate that children may face. Unfortunately, no one is immune to the effects of abuse. Child maltreatment has been shown to affect children from all races, genders, ages, and socioeconomic background.Every year there are hundreds of thousands of children that fall victim to this atrocious calamity. During 2015, child protection services received over 4 million referrals for child maltreatment. Those referrals encompassed 7 million children of which about 700,000 were found to be victims of abuse.  Unfortunately, the victimization rate has been increasing over the past 5 years from 8.8 to 9.2/100,000 children.2 read more

Advocacy in Action: Affordable Care Act Op-Ed

Ben Hoffman, MD, is professor of pediatrics at the OHSU School of Medicine and is medical director of the Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

20 million people—more than the populations of Florida or New York. 20 million people who are your neighbors, worship with you, go to school with your children, sit next to you at the cafe. 20 million people in the waiting room of your doctor or your dentist. 20 million people who stand to lose their health care if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed. read more

Playing It Safe

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We all know that toys are fun. From building blocks and dolls, to puzzles and action figures, toys bring laughter and learning to kids of all ages and are a critical component of their healthy development. But as a member of the medical community (and in many cases, also a parent, grandparent, or caregiver) you may find yourself wondering from time to time if children’s toys are truly safe. The good news? Toy safety is a top priority and year-round commitment that is shared by industry, government, medical professionals, and child development experts. read more