In November 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for virus-neutralizing monoclonal antibody therapies for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in high-risk groups of adolescents 12-17 years and adults. Multiple studies have shown that this treatment significantly decreased the risk of subsequent emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations in adult patients over 18 years. It has become a game changer in the treatment of adult patients. With the first waves of the pandemic a relatively small proportion of COVID-19 infections occurred in pediatric patients, thereby limiting the experience with monoclonal antibody therapy in patients 12-17 years of age.read more
For anyone interested in a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, the ACEP Pediatric Section and AAP held 2 webinars where Program Directors were available to answer questions. You can listen to the webinars here.
It is a hot summer evening, and you are called overhead for a trauma stat or Level 1, or whatever the terminology is in your institution for penetrating torso gunshot wounds, and you think not again? This is my second one tonight! When the flight team arrives, they relay the history of one child unloading their dad’s gun and shooting the patient, their sibling. You reflect on the previous trauma alert earlier this evening where parents found a teenager with a gunshot wound to his head. These scenarios are increasingly common and entirely preventable.read more
Pediatric psychiatric holds have been the norm for years in the emergency department (ED) with a shortage of pediatric beds nationwide. Unfortunately, the problem has only grown worse during the pandemic. With schools closed, routines disrupted, and parents anxious over lost income or uncertain futures, children are shouldering burdens that many were unequipped to bear. With the number of hospitalized coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, bed space is even scarcer for these patients. Most states are seeing upwards of a 400% increase in pediatric psychiatric holds. Kids’ mental health-related visits have climbed steadily since the start of the pandemic, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. This has created a crisis of its own in pediatrics.read more