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New Bottom Line Recommendations: Urinary Tract Information

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is among the most common serious bacterial infections seen in infants and children. UTI with fever indicates an upper tract infection/pyelonephritis, as opposed to afebrile cystitis. It is important to diagnose and empirically treat febrile UTIs in infants and children, as delayed treatment may increase the risk of bacteremia. There are a number of risk factors a...

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Brain Injury Awareness Month 2019

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM)! BIAM is all about raising awareness about the prevalence of acquired brain injury, the impact on individuals and families, the ways we can make changes and do better, and how everyone can support a person in their community. Our evidence repository is full of resources for treating and managing pediatric concussion and severe head trauma in the ED. ...

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TREKK Board Announcement

On behalf of Dr. Terry Klassen, Network Director, Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), we are pleased to announce that Dr. Douglas Sinclair took on the role of Chair, Board of Directors for the TREKK Network, starting January 2019.

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New French PedsPacs

ALL of our practical tools (Pediatric Pacs) are now available in both French and English! We have PedsPacs available for the following pediatric conditions: Anaphylaxis Asthma Critically Ill Neonate Diabetic Ketoacidosis Sepsis Status Epilepticus Click here to check out all of PedsPacs, in both French and English! Remember to refresh your TREKK app by clicking the "Refresh Data" button...

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NEW Parent Tools!

We have a variety of knowledge translation tools for parents and caregivers on common acute pediatric conditions. These tools are designed to provide evidence-based health information to parents and families to aid them in caring for their sick children at home, and to aid them in understanding when emergency department care should appropriately be sought. We work hard to engage health care ...

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TREKK Education Session - Brandon, Manitoba

On Friday, April 5, a team from Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg (HSC Winnipeg) traveled to Brandon, Manitoba to provide a TREKK education session at the Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC). The team included four pediatric emergency medicine specialists, two members from TREKK's administrative team, and representatives from the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) mobile education program....

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Updated resource - Croup Bottom Line Recommendations

Our Bottom Line Recommendations for croup have recently gone through their two year review and update. As a part of our resource development process, all of our TREKK resources are reviewed and updated based on the latest evidence every two years. Croup is a common respiratory illness caused by a viral infection in the airway. Accompanied by a barky cough and respiratory distress, this i...

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Brain Awareness Week

March 11-17 is Brain Awareness Week (BAW)! BAW is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Concussion is “a traumatic brain injury, induced by biomechanical forces”. Concussion results from acceleration and deceleration forces which may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body with an 'impulsive' ...

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Canadian Anaphylaxis Action Plan for Kids

The Canadian Anaphylaxis Action Plan for Kids (Kids’ CAP) is a tool to educate children and caregivers about anaphylaxis. The main focus of this tool is to answer two questions: 1) How to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis; 2) What are the appropriate treatment steps of a child experiencing an anaphylactic reaction.

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Heart Month

February is Heart Month and the 7th-14th is Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week. CHD Awareness Week is an annual awareness effort to help educate the public about congenital heart defects.

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Has your child tested positive for COVID-19?

The ECHO research program and Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) are interviewing Canadian parents of children who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Their goal is to understand parent experiences and information needs. Click here to find more information and contact details. Check out episode 1 of EM Quick Hits, featuring helpful tips for pediatr...

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Updated fact sheet on COVID-19 and kids

Our fact sheet on pediatric COVID-19 was recently reviewed and updated! The resource is designed for emergency healthcare providers and has evidence-based information on clinical presentation, symptoms, testing and treatment for kids with COVID-19. Download the new resource here.

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New asthma video for parents

Asthma is a common condition that causes your airways to swell and fill with mucus. This can make it hard to breathe. Symptoms of asthma can be mild, moderate, or severe and can vary between children over time and across seasons. ⠀ ⠀ ECHO Research has created a new video for parents, with tips to help families understand common symptoms of asthma, how to manage symptoms at home, and when to s...

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Brain Awareness Week

It's Brain Awareness Week! Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign founded by the Dana Foundation, designed to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science.  We're highlighting two important resources related to treating children with brain injuries and developmental disabilities in the emergency department (ED): 

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Join our team!

We're looking for TWO dynamic individuals to join our network. Both of these positions will be based in Winnipeg, Manitoba at our central administrative office (currently remote due to COVID-19). Join the TREKK network and help guide, shape, and influence children's emergency care in Canada. Are you or would someone you know be interested in applying? See the postings below for more informatio...

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Join the TREKK Board of Directors!

Are you interested in an opportunity to guide, shape and influence how the latest knowledge in children’s emergency care is mobilized to communities and health authorities across Canada? Would you consider bringing your skills to a national board level? We are currently looking for applicants to serve on our Board of Directors with experience in marketing and/or communications and experience...

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NEW Burns Bottom Line Recommendations

Burns are a leading cause of unintentional injury and death in children, with the vast majority of cases occurring in the home. Regardless of the burn depth or extent, these injuries can have significant long-term functional, aesthetic, and psychological consequences for the child.  We have a NEW Bottom Line Recommendation available for pediatric thermal burns! The two-page summary has evide...

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New Resources for Multisystem Trauma

Trauma is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children. Children have unique injury patterns and substantial differences in their response to trauma when compared with adults, requiring special consideration when addressing the assessment and management of pediatric trauma.

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Updated Resource for Ear Infections

Approximately 75% of children will experience at least one ear infection before starting school. Our management summaries (Bottom Line Recommendations) for pediatric acute otitis media have recently been updated based on the latest evidence. Check them out in their new template, available in both French and English!  See the new resources here.

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Parents Needed for COVID-19 Study

Has your child tested positive for COVID-19? The ECHO research program and Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) are interviewing Canadian parents of children who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Their goal is to understand parent experiences and information needs. Find more information and contact details here: http://www.echokt.ca/covidstudy/

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COVID-19 Resources for Families

Stressful public events - such as the COVID-19 pandemic - can lead to the loss of routine for you and your family. Information around the outbreak is constantly evolving and can be confusing or unsettling for parents, children, and youth. We know that families may be wondering what to do or where to look for credible information, so we've put together a list of resources from trusted organizat...

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Information on COVID-19

We understand there is growing concern around the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic internationally and within Canada. Find resources developed from reliable sources on COVID-19, hospital preparedness, planning guidelines, and more here: We also recommend checking with your provincial ministry or regional health office for local guidelines and resources (list below*) Provincial/Territor...

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National Emergency Nurses Association Conference

Save the date for the 2020 National Emergency Nurses Association (NENA) Conference, held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from May 1 - 3, 2020! This year's conference theme is "empowERed". NENA is the national voice for the highest standards and practices in emergency nursing and emergency departments across Canada. Learn more here.

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I Love to Read Month

Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. Since February is I Love to Read Month, we're sharing our FREE storybooks for children and their families on common childhood illnesses. These books (and our other parent tools) were designed to empower parents and families with ...

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Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statement: Pain Management

Managing pain and distress in children undergoing brief diagnostic and therapeutic procedures Managing pain and distress is an essential part of health care. A new position statement from the Canadian Paediatric Society provides evidence-based strategies for minimizing children’s pain and distress during common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and offers guidance for health administrator...

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Parent tools - UTI and Bronchiolitis

We have a variety of knowledge translation tools for parents and caregivers on common acute pediatric conditions. These tools are designed to provide evidence-based health information to parents and families to aid them in caring for their sick children at home, and to aid them in understanding when emergency department care should appropriately be sought. We work hard to engage health care pro...

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2018/19 Annual Report Summary

Children are not small adults – they have unique differences that need specialized knowledge and care. In an effort to close critical knowledge gaps and improve emergency care for children across Canada, TREKK provides instant access to information for those who need it most. Looking back on the highlights of 2018-19 in our Annual Report Summary, it’s easy to see that the past year was full of ...

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TREKK Board Announcement

Thank you to Gord Keon who has dedicated his time as a TREKK Board member for the past four years. His extensive background and senior level experience in business development and finance have been instrumental in TREKK’s sustainability efforts and Network growth. Gord stepped down from his Board role in June. His passion for TREKK and commitment to supporting health and wellness for children a...

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