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The Ouchless Emergency Department: Applying Translational Research and A Team Approach

Thursday, March 1, 2012 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Robert M. Kennedy, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director, Education Affairs, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine; St. Louis Children’s Hospital Emergency Department Pediatrician

Passionate about alleviating the pain and anxiety of children who end up in hospital emergency rooms, Washington University professor and St. Louis Children’s Hospital Emergency Department pediatrician, Dr. Robert Kennedy, focused his research efforts on the clinical investigation of pain remediation, to become a recognized leader in the field. His innovations have changed emergency room treatment worldwide.

In this fascinating talk on reducing pain and distress in pediatric emergencies, Dr. Kennedy focuses on lessening the negative impact of medically necessary procedural pain in children receiving care in the ER. He covers non-pharmacological methods, such as distraction and family presence, and work done in the area of local anesthesia for needle sticks and procedural sedation, especially with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and ketamine. He discusses some of the risks and benefits of sedation techniques and directions of future interest.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITES TO COMPETE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS— two $250 scholarships for middle and high school students. Attend 3 – 4 seminars or panel discussions and write about your experience. Scholarship decisions announced in May 2011.

DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science— Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.

Location: Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex,
Kirkwood, MO 63122

FREE parking in Kirkwood High School lots.

FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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