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Studies Currently Enrolling

Fluid Therapy and Cerebral Injury in Pediatric Diabetic Ketoacidosis

ASSESS (Age Specific Screen for Ethanol and Substance Status)

Acute Gastroenteritis-Impact of Emergency Department Probiotic Treatment of Pediatric Gastroenteritis

Press Releases

Personalized Screen to ID Suicidal Teens in 14 ERs Press Release 9/23/14

Do Probiotics help kids with Stomach Bugs? 7/2/14

Comparison of Decision Rules Highlights PECARN

A recent publication in Annals Of Emergency Medicine compared 2 clinical decision rules and clinician practice to the PECARN TBI prediction rules (published in Lancet 2009) to evaluate diagnostic accuracy for identifying clinically important traumatic brain injuries in children with minor head trauma presenting to the ED. This study concluded that only physician practice and the PECARN TBI prediction rules identified all clinically important TBIs. Link to abstract.

Annual Scientific Grant Writing Workshop

This is a valuable workshop for grant writers who want to improve their skills and receive guidance on research oriented grant writing. 2015 dates will be released early next year.

Performance Measures toolbox

Training module for investigators

Recent Publications

Leonard JR, Jaffe DM, Kuppermann N, Olsen CS, Leonard JC for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Cervical Spine Injury Patterns in Children. Pediatrics 2014;133:e1179–e1188.

Lee L, Rogers A, Ehrlich P, Kwok M, Sokolove P, Blumberg S, Kooistra J, Olsen C, Wootton-Gorges S, Cooper A, Kuppermann N, Holmes J for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Occult Pneumothoraces in Children with Blunt Torso Trauma. Acad Emerg Med 2014;21:(4)440-8.

Chamberlain JM, Okada P, Holsti M, Mahajan P, Brown KM, Vance C, Gonzalez, V, Lichenstein R, Stanley RM, Brousseau DC, Grubenhoff J, Zemek R, Johnson DW, Clemons TE, Baren J, for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Lorazepam vs Diazepam for Pediatric Status Epilepticus, A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2014;311(16):1652-6

Lee LK, Monroe D, Bachman MC, Glass TF, Mahajan PV, Cooper A, Stanley RM, Miskin M, Dayan PS, Holmes JF, Kuppermann N, for the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) working group of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). Isolated Loss of Consciousness in Children with Minor Blunt Head Trauma. JAMA Pediatrics, Jul 7.doi:10.1001







PECARN, the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, is the first federally-funded pediatric emergency medicine research network in the United States. PECARN conducts high-priority, multi-institutional research on the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth of all ages.

PECARN is supported by cooperative agreements between seven academic medical centers and the Health Resources Services Administration / Maternal and Child Health Bureau / Emergency Medical Services for Children Program (HRSA / MCHB / EMSC).