Within our children lie our dreams and hopes. Across the globe, parents prepare for everything from graduations and weddings to boo boos and childhood injuries. Parents prepare for sports injuries as well as medical emergencies. It is a sad universal truth that children everywhere are always at risk for injury. Today – 21 March - GlobalCastMD trauma symposium will bring together upwards of 800 physicians to share ideas on how to best treat injured children, with a strong focus on hospital preparedness for mass casualties.
"The information we exchange Thursday could very well save a child's life on Friday," said Todd Ponsky , MD, a pediatric surgeon at Akron Children's Hospital and founder of GlobalCastMD.
The GlobalCastMD trauma symposium is an interactive television show produced at Akron Children's Hospital and streamed through the Internet.
"We will have numerous doctors joining us from third world countries. In some parts of the world, doctors have to rely on textbooks that are 10 years old. Our format removes the challenges of time, distance and travel expense, and gives everyone access to key opinion leaders as long as they have a computer in their home or office," said Dr. Ponsky.
Dr. Ponsky will moderate, along with Wayne Meredith , MD, of Wake Forest University and the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, and Martin Eichelberger , MD, of George Washington University and Children's National Medical Center. They will facilitate the discussion from a studio at Akron Children's, while an additional 14-member faculty will be joining online from as far as England and France to present research, new techniques and case studies.
Several faculty members have experience treating children injured in land mines and terrorist attacks, and a good number have military medical experience. The course will cover several topics, including: the patterns of injury, damage control resuscitation, penetrating chest injuries and pulmonary contusions, vacuum assisted closures, and multiple case presentations.
Since starting GlobalCastMD in 2011, Dr. Ponsky has learned much from colleagues he would not normally have the opportunity to meet in person at medical conferences in the United States.
"Geography is no longer an issue in bringing the world together to learn," he said.
The symposium is co-sponsored by the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. It is the second part of a pediatric trauma symposium. The first was held last February. Follow the discussion on Twitter at @globalcastmd using the hashtag #pedstrauma2013. It is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET.
This article was taken in part from a press release by Akron Children's Hospital. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment with your physician.
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