Upon completion of this symposium, participants should be better able to:
Examine the incidence of sepsis in the pediatric population.
Appraise the soon-to-be-published updated international guidelines for the management of the septic patient.
Evaluate the impact of delayed diagnosis, and describe the septic child’s response. Review recent changes in asthma treatment guidelines and manage pediatric asthma in different age groups.
Implement recommendations concerning anti-inflammatory medications, effectively utilize beta-agonists, and evaluate potential problems with overuse of short-acting beta-agonists.
Determine best options for managing complicated pneumonias.
Identify and treat co-morbidities to improve efficacy of asthma medications.
Review recent changes in asthma treatment guidelines and manage pediatric asthma in different age groups.
Distinguish the etiology and presentation of children with musculoskeletal infections.
Differentiate among the varying types of bone and joint infections in children.
Formulate treatment plans for children with musculoskeletal infections.
Appraise the use of molecular biology in diagnosis of viral infections.
Describe the role of the virology laboratory in the evaluation of the pediatric patient with fever.
Discuss available treatment modalities for viral infections.
Distinguish between process and outcomes measures in the realm of process improvement initiatives.
Synthesize current and proposed publicly reported measures for the pediatric population.
Explore current initiatives focusing on improved care and outcomes for children at the state and national level.
Identify the metabolic syndrome and co-morbidities in the pediatric population.
Develop and implement interventional strategies for the pediatric population.
Identify common patterns of fractures in children, including growth plate injuries.
Determine which injuries can be managed without orthopedic referral.
Implement criteria-based strategies to evaluate severity of injury, and determine a child’s readiness to resume normal activities.
Evaluate the latest recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Assess the impact of the pertussis epidemic in immunization practices.
Discuss what’s next in vaccines.
Notice of Terms Regarding Partial Credit: Most accreditation boards do not approve partial credit. Only MDs and DOs may claim partial credit for this symposium. Attendees who do not attend the symposium in its entirety will not receive continuing education credits. We apologize for any inconvenience.