Changing Minds: Pediatric Head Injury Management Webinar
Compared to adults, pediatric patients are more prone to head injury. In fact, recent U.S. data shows brain injury amongst children ages 0-19 accounts for an estimated 564,000 emergency department visits per year. Unlike adults, the brains of these children are still developing and outcomes can result in a spectrum of challenges. This webinar offers a brief review of growth and development of the pediatric brain, while highlighting the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury in pediatric patients. Webinar attendees will utilize a real-life case study to detail evidence-based interventions recommended to care for such a vulnerable population.
MSN, RN, C-NPT
Laura Kemerling is a registered nurse, and she works for the Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport team in Kansas City, Missouri.
Laura graduated from Missouri Western State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and began her nursing career in the operating room at Children’s Mercy Hospital, later transitioning to adult ICU nursing for several years. She returned to pediatric care in 2010 and began working for the Transport team. Upon completing a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Benedictine University in 2018, Laura began adjunct clinical instructing for BSN students. Her current full-time role focuses on Transport and EMS relations, outreach education, and caring for critically-ill neonatal, pediatric, and maternal fetal patients in the out-of-hospital setting.
Laura maintains a national certification in neonatal and pediatric transport through the NCC and is an active member of the Missouri and Kansas Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), as well as the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA). She is an instructor for Pediatric Advanced Transport Course and the S.T.A.B.L.E. Program, and she has hosted multiple webinars, symposiums, and workshops focused on evidence-based pediatric emergency care in the transport environment.
Provider approved by the California State Board of Nursing, Provider # CEP17490 for 1 continuing education credit
This course is - Clinical / Accredited
- Highlight the complexity of pediatric head injury management by reviewing a case study
- Review the pathophysiology and incidence of pediatric head injuries
- Define types of traumatic brain injury and prevention of secondary brain injury
- Discuss holistic care strategies recommended for the pediatric brain-injured patient