TREKK connects pediatric and emergency clinicians, researchers, administrators and parents, representing Canada’s pediatric EDs, over 165 general EDs and nursing stations and over 25 organizations. Together, we address knowledge gaps and improve emergency care for children across Canada and beyond.

Examples of our collaborations:

  • A national Editorial Committee that brings together pediatric and general emergency physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and researchers from across Canada, to ensure our resources are up-to-date, evidence-based, accurate, consistent, and high quality

  • A national Knowledge Mobilization (KM) Advisory Committee, which connects medical directors, managers, front-line clinicians from general and pediatric EDs, and researchers to prioritize TREKK activities and ensure our projects reflect the information needs of front-line emergency healthcare professionals

  • Creating Parent Advisory Groups that play critical roles in contributing to child health research, including the development of parent tools. This work was expanded under the leadership of Drs. Lisa Hartling and Shannon Scott, and the support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, to include a Pediatric Parents' Advisory Group in Alberta and a Pediatric Parents’ Consultation Network (P-PCN). P-PCN is a group of parents, legal guardians, and grandparents across Canada seeking to contribute to child health research. Members form a virtual network and provide online feedback about research aimed at improving child health outcomes. 

  • Working closely with researchers from Pediatric Emergency Research Canada and the international Pediatric Emergency Research Network to translate new evidence into high-quality, practical tools; and to seek new research funding where gaps continue to exist.

  • Collaborating with educators and simulation experts across the country (e.g. STARS Ambulance, IWK Health Centre, Alberta Children’s Hospital, University of Manitoba, Saskatchewan Medical Association) to bring inter-disciplinary, high-quality pediatric emergency education sessions to general emergency departments and nursing stations.

  • Collaborating with experts from a wide variety of specialties (e.g. pediatrics, emergency medicine, intensive care, endocrinology, infectious disease, pharmacy, neonatology, neurodevelopmental disabilities, pain management, child protection, communications, web development), to develop high quality, evidence-based, resources in pediatric emergency care for both healthcare professionals and parents/families.

  • Adapting our resources in collaboration with organizations (e.g. Child Health BC, Indigenous Services Canada) to ensure they are relevant to different healthcare contexts.

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