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TREKK E-update

Issue: August issue

August 19, 2013

In This Issue

The TREKK story

We've created a new animated video about TREKK, telling the story of how we started and our aim to improve emergency care for children. View it, share it and tell us what you think!

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Predictors of severe H1N1 infection in children - new Pediatric Emergency Research Networks (PERN) study

A new study from Pediatric Emergency Research Networks identifies risk factors to help clinicians identify children at risk of severe outcomes during an influenza pandemic.

link >> BMJ publication

link >> CTV Winnipeg news story

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The best of pediatric emergency medicine literature in the last year

View the slides from TREKK Director, Terry Klassen's presentation at the Canadian Pediatric Society on June 18th.

link >> Canadian Pediatric Society

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A Bird in the Hand is Better than Two in the Bush: Observations about Data Collection

Latest blog from Lauren Albrecht, Needs Assessment Coordinator

Caring for Kids New to Canada

Immigrant and refugee kids face a lot of challenges when they arrive in Canada. The Canadian Pediatric Society has launched an online guide for health professionals working with immigrant and refugee children, youth and families.


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Featured Team

Needs Assessment

The Needs Assessment survey data collection ended on July 31. Thank you so much to everyone involved. It has been a great success with over 2,700 surveys collected from health care professionals and consumers! We want to welcome North East Community Health Centre (Alberta) and Leduc Community Hospital (Alberta) who started and completed data collection in these last few months. This brings us to 31 sites who have collected needs assessment surveys. Visit for more information on all TREKK partner sites across Canada.

We have also begun the qualitative phase of the Needs Assessment by visiting two sites in Newfoundland (Western Memorial Regional Hospital and Carbonear General Hospital) in June. It was a wonderful experience for the Needs Assessment team to work side-by-side with the local TREKK Coordinator, Debbie Harnum, to conduct three focus groups and complete 15 observations. Check out the TREKK blog for more about our work and travels in Newfoundland. We are currently scheduling qualitative data collection visits to six other sites selected for maximum variation; more details to come in the next e-update.   

For any needs assessment questions, call Lauren Albrecht, Needs Assessment Coordinator, at (780) 492 9682 or email her at, Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 4:30 pm (MST)


Upcoming meetings

Oct 5th - TREKK annual meeting in Winnipeg. Contact Christa Kruck for more information


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