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Interim Director, Division of Critical Care

Associate Chief of Staff, Critical Care Services

Physician, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-4259

513-636-4267

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"I’ve learned to trust my own feelings and the feelings of others — especially a parent — when something doesn't seem quite right. When talking with patients and families, my approach is to always tell the truth, even if it's, 'I don't know,' and especially when it's hard."

My Biography & Research

Biography

As a pediatric intensivist, I care for infants, children and young adults who are critically ill or injured and need intensive care in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Patients may also need attention in the PICU following surgery, for administration and management of high-risk therapies, and/or increased monitoring and nursing care.

A PICU stay can be overwhelming and frightening, especially when it’s traumatic and unexpected. I believe having information can help. Our team invites parents and family members to join rounds and ask questions, and all questions are welcome.

I’ve learned to trust my own feelings and the feelings of others — especially a parent — when something doesn't seem quite right. When talking with patients and families, my approach is to always tell the truth, even if it's, "I don't know," and especially when it's hard.

In my research and as an institutional and divisional quality improvement leader, I apply quality improvement methodologies and implementation science to improve care for hospitalized patients. Rigorous quality improvement can transform pediatric health and healthcare delivery, decrease waste, and improve efficiencies. My main projects focus on preventing hospital-acquired central line-associated bloodstream infections and improving the quick recognition and management of septic shock.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit PICU

Research Divisions

Critical Care

My Education

MD: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, 1997-2001.

Residency: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, 2001-2005.

Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006-2009.

MS: Clinical and Translational Research, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Cincinnati, OH, 2009-2013.

Scholar: Quality Scholars Program in Healthcare Transformation, Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2009-2013.

Certifications: General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2005, 2015; Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, 2010.

My Publications

Care Does Not Stop Following ROSC: A Quality Improvement Approach to Postcardiac Arrest Care. Pfeiffer, S; Zackoff, M; Bramble, K; Jacobs, L; Ruehlmann, K; Stalets, EL; Tegtmeyer, K; Dewan, M. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2021; 6.

Healthcare-Associated Infections. Benscoter, A; Brilli, R; Wheeler, D; Stalets, E. In: Zimmerman J; Rotta A, Ed. Fuhrman and Zimmerman's Pediatric Critical Care. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021.

Do I Need Proof of the Culprit? Decreasing Respiratory Viral Testing in Critically Ill Patients. Innis, K; Hasson, D; Bodilly, L; Sveen, W; Stalets, EL; Dewan, M. Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:e1-e5.

The impact of public health interventions on critical illness in the pediatric emergency department during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Dean, P; Zhang, Y; Frey, M; Shah, A; Edmunds, K; Boyd, S; Schwartz, H; Frey, T; Stalets, E; Schaffzin, J; et al. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open. 2020.

Identification of the Physiologically Difficult Airway in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Dean, PN; Hoehn, EF; Geis, GL; Frey, ME; Cabrera-Thurman, MK; Kerrey, BT; Zhang, Y; Stalets, EL; Zackoff, MW; Maxwell, AR; et al. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2020; 27:1241-1248.

Peri-Intubation Cardiac Arrest in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Novel System of Care. Hoehn, EF; Dean, P; Lautz, AJ; Frey, M; Cabrera-Thurman, MK; Geis, GL; Stalets, E; Zackoff, M; Pham, T; Maxwell, A; et al. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2020; 5.

The Effects of Care Team Roles on Situation Awareness in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Prospective Cross-Sectional Study. Soberano, BT; Brady, P; Yunger, T; Jones, R; Stoneman, E; Sosa, T; Stalets, EL; Zackoff, M; Chima, R; Tegtmeyer, K; et al. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2020; 15:594-597.

Diurnal Variation in Medical Emergency Team Calls at a Tertiary Care Children's Hospital. Conway, SR; Tegtmeyer, K; Wheeler, DS; Loechtenfeldt, A; Stalets, EL; Brady, PW. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2020; 5.

Reducing Point-of-care Blood Gas Testing in the Intensive Care Unit through Diagnostic Stewardship: A Value Improvement Project. Tchou, MJ; May, S; Holcomb, J; Tanner-Edwards, E; Good, K; Frazier, M; Stalets, EL; Dewan, M. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2020; 5.

Informed Consent Should Not Be Required for Apnea Testing and Arguing It Should Misses the Point. Antommaria, AH M; Sveen, W; Stalets, EL. American Journal of Bioethics. 2020; 20:25-27.