26 AAP News •
www.aapnews.org • September 2015
For Your Information
National Preparedness Month
September marks the 12th
;e Academy o;ers resources via its National Preparedness Month
annual National Preparedness
Month. This year’s theme is
“Don’t Wait. Communicate.
Make Your Emergency Plan
The goal of the Federal
Agency campaign is to enhance
preparedness and response for all
types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist
Web page, www.aap.org/disasters/preparednessmonth. Members will
find an AAP call to action, communication materials, and influenza
prevention and control tips to help with personal preparedness planning.
Learn from colleagues and others by reading stories that highlight
lessons learned and obstacles doctors and families overcame in recent
disasters. Several AAP members shared on the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) website, http://1.usa.gov/1IVJoCX,
how they overcame struggles resulting from disasters.
Encourage families to create a communication plan ( www.ready.gov/
family-communications) and an emergency contact card (http://bit.
ly/1DbESxy). Families with children and youths who have special needs
can identify what their child would need to cope after a disaster. For
other ideas, visit the AAP Children and Youth with Special Needs Web
page ( www.aap.org/disasters/cyshcn) or email DisasterReady@aap.org.
;e CDC O;ce of Public Health Preparedness and Response is
inviting pediatricians to participate in a Twitter chat at 2 p.m. ET
Sept. 16. Follow @CDCemergency and use the hashtag #CDCprep.
Chat with AAP customer service
Have a question or need assistance? AAP members now can chat online with
a Customer Service Center representative from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time
Monday through Friday.
Visit www.aap.org and log in with your AAP ID and password. ;en click on
MyAAP at the top right of the homepage. Click on the Live Chat button to be
connected with the next available customer service representative.
Sepsis prevention information
More common than a heart attack and responsible for more
deaths than cancer, sepsis is a medical emergency that can kill
within hours. It affects all age groups, particularly newborns,
young children and the elderly.
The Global Sepsis Alliance has created a fact sheet for World
Sepsis Day, Sept. 13, at www.world-sepsis-day.org/wwsw. The
alliance is offering webinars on Sept. 13 and 14 at www.world-
sepsis-day.org. Advance registration is required. Pediatricians
also can share messages via Twitter to spread the word about
sepsis by using the hashtag #WSD15.
Honor Roll of AAP donors
;e Academy recognizes donors in an annual listing, which typically is
published in the September issue of AAP News. Starting in 2016, donors will
be recognized on a calendar-year basis. ;e Honor Roll will be published in
the April 2016 issue.
;e generosity of donors also is recognized year-round at various AAP events.
Look for the Development sta; at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition,
Annual Leadership Forum, district meetings and more. ;ank you to donors
for supporting AAP programs and the Agenda for Children.
For information about the Friends of Children Fund or to make a donation,
visit http:\\ donate.aap.org or call 888-700-5378.
Red Book app
;e 2015 Red Book is available
as an app update for iOS and
Google Play. All AAP members
have free access to Red Book Online,
including the enhanced mobile app
that enables downloadable o;ine
access, chapters in PDF format,
optimized content integrated with
search and related content, and an
updated visual library with more than 2,700 images. Visit http://redbook.
;e Red Book print and e-book are available to members for $75 (half
the retail price). Visit http://shop.aap.org to order.
Cardiomyopathy is not just an
adult heart disease. It also is the
No. 1 cause of sudden cardiac
arrest and heart transplants
in children. Join the Academy
in supporting the Children’s
first Children’s Cardiomyopathy
Awareness Month and refresh your knowledge of the disease.
Five forms of the disease affect children: dilated, hypertrophic,
restrictive, left ventricular non-compaction and arrhythmogenic right
ventricular cardiomyopathy. Knowing a patient’s cardiac history is
essential to preventing premature death. Risk factors include having
a family member who was disabled by heart disease or died suddenly
before the age of 50. In addition, symptoms such as chest pain,
discomfort upon exertion, excessive fatigue, fainting or high blood
pressure should be evaluated by a cardiologist.
While there is no cure for cardiomyopathy, the disease can be
managed with long-term drug therapy and surgical placement of
a pacemaker or defibrillator for patients with arrhythmia.
According to research from the National Heart, Lung and Blood
Institute-funded Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry, children are
10 times more likely to develop cardiomyopathy in the first year
of life, and outcomes vary based on the cause of disease and stage at
which children are diagnosed. Common literature states that one-fifth
to one-third of children have a family history of the disease.
Oftentimes, an at-risk child with cardiomyopathy does not have
symptoms, or symptoms are mistaken for asthma, heartburn or
Find more information at www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org.
Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month Webinars on
;e Academy is o;ering
For details, visit www.
the following webinars:
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of Aug. 27 webinar
the First Week at 4
p.m. Eastern Time
Arthritis, rheumatic diseases online course
The PediaLink online course Musculoskeletal Medicine: Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases
reviews typical histories for common rheumatic diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus,
juvenile dermatomyositis, Henoch-Schonlein purpura and Kawasaki disease. The course takes
two hours, qualifies for AMA PRA Category 1 credits and costs $48 for AAP members. Use code:
MSKSERIES2 to save 10%. Visit http://bit.ly/MSK_arthritis.