Mary Kate F. Abbadessa, MSN, RN, RN-BC, CPEN

Mary Kate F. Abbadessa, MSN, RN, RN-BC, CPEN

Mary Kate F. Abbadessa, MSN, RN, RN-BC, CPEN, is a clinical nurse specialist fellow with the Sepsis Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric Emergency Nursing, Sepsis, Trauma and Resuscitation
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Additional Training

Post-Master's Certificate in Pediatric Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Nursing Professional Development
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Undergraduate Degree

BSN - Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Graduate Degree

MSN, Education - Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Fellow

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Pediatric Emergency Nursing

Sepsis

Trauma and Resuscitation

Publications

Papers

2017

Balamuth F, Alpern E, Abbadessa MK, Hayes K, Schast A, Lavelle L, Fitzgerald J, Weiss S, Zorc J: Improving Recognition of Pediatric Severe Sepsis in the Emergency Department: Contributions of a Vital Sign Based Electronic Alert and Bedside Clinician Identification. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Jun 2. pii: S0196-0644(17)30315-3. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.03.019. [Epub ahead of print]

Vinograd A, Zorc JJ, Dean AJ, Abbadesssa MK, Chen AE: First attempt success, longevity and complication rates of ultrasound guided peripheral intravenous catheters in children. Pediatric Emergency Care. Pediatric Emergency Care, doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001063. [Epub ahead of print], February 2017.

2016

Payal K. Gala, MD, Ashlee L. Murray, MD, Aileen P. Schast, PhD, Christian Minich, BA, Ashley L. Woodford, BS, Katie Hayes, BS, Mary Kate Funari, MSN, RN, CPEN, Richard Scarfone, MD, Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE: Implementation of a Clinical Pathway to Avoid Lumbar Puncture in Febrile Young Infants Aged 29-56 Days Meeting a Set of Low Risk Criteria. Pediatrics 137(Supplement 3): 282A, February 2016.

2015

Lavelle JM, Blackstone MM, Funari MK, Roper C, Lopez P, Schast A, Taylor AM, Voorhis CB, Henien M, Shaw KN: Two-Step Process for ED UTI Screening in Febrile Young Children: Reducing Catheterization Rates. Pediatrics: 138:1, Page: e20153023, July 2015.

Abstracts

2016

Hye Young Jang, Heather Wolfe, Ting-Chang Hsieh, Mary Kate Abbadessa, Sage Myers, Vinay Nadkarni, Aaron Donoghue: Infant chest compression quality: a video-based comparison of two- thumb verses one-hand position in emergency department patients. Submitted to Resuscitation Science Symposium, New Orleans, LA, November 2016.

Aaron Donoghue, Mary Kate Abbadessa, Ting-Chang Hsieh, Warren Frankenberger, Sage Myers: How much pediatric CPR does an ED provider do in one year? A video-based analysis. Submitted to Resuscitation Science Symposium, New Orleans, LA, November 2016.

Sarah Fesnak, MD, Mary Kate Funari MSN, RN, CPEN, Marianne Chilutti, MS, Jane Lavelle, MD, Joseph Zorc, MD, MSCE, Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD: Septic Shock in complex patients: time to recognition and therapy in patients with high risk conditions. Submitted for oral presentation at 2016 AAP National Conference and Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, October 2016.

Christopher F. Valente, MD, Emily Hardy, PNP, Mary-Kate Abbadessa, MSN, RN, CPEN, Thomas Moore, BA, Warren Frankenberger, RN, BSN, Justin Lockman MD, FAAP, Sage Myers, MD,  MSCE, Aaron Donoghue, MD, MSCE: Comparing Perceived vs. Actual Performance  Characteristics During Pediatric Resuscitation Using Physician-Leader Survey and Video-Review. Submitted for oral presentation at 2016 AAP National Conference and Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, October 2016.

Books

Chapters

2015

Debra A. Potts MSN, RN, CPEN and Mary Kate Funari, MSN, RN, CPEN: Triage. Fleisher & Ludwig’s The Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Seventh Edition. Kathy N. Shaw, Richard G. Bachur (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, November 2015.

Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE, Debra A. Potts, MSN, RN, CPEN, Mary Kate Funari, MSN, RN, CPEN and Jane Lavelle, MD: Clinical Pathways: Shock. Fleisher & Ludwig’s The Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Seventh Edition. Kathy N. Shaw, Richard G. Bachur (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, November 2015.

Richard J. Scarfone, MD, Payal K. Gala, MD, and Mary Kate Funari, MSN, RN, CPEN: Clinical Pathways: Fever in Infants. Fleisher & Ludwig’s The Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Seventh Edition. Kathy N. Shaw, Richard G. Bachur (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, November 2015.

Callahan JM, Baldwin KD, Wood M, Valente C, Funari MK, Johnson T, Freedman R, Matera G, Zorc JJ, Schast A: Improving Fracture Care in an Emergency Department. Annals of Emergency Medicine: Research Forum Abstracts 2015, 66:4, S20.

Posters and Presentations

2017

Lavelle J, Esposito J, Corwin D, Weiss A, Zorc J, Voorhis C, Ellison A, Callahan J, Potts D, Wood M, Abbadessa MK, Posner J, Walsh S, Welch-Horan B, Jacobstien C, Rodio B, Crescenzo K, Buck J, Fesnak S, Walker T, Reide L, Noll J: Team Assessment: Take the Pledge. Poster session presented at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Patient Quality and Safety Day, Philadelphia, PA, 2017.

Lavelle J, Callahan J, Wood M, Potts D, Anderson K, Ellison A, Zorc J, Murphy N, Silvestri A, Walsh S, Rodio B, Crescenzo K, Buck J, Abbadessa MK, Mc Fadden C, Voorhis C, Walker T, Lopez T, Dey-Martin W, Noll J, Reide L: ED Triage Team 7: Fast Care, Start Care. Poster session presented at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Patient Quality and Safety Day, Philadelphia, PA, 2017.

Pagano R, Brophy A, Frankenberger W, Abbadessa MK, Hockenbury L, Skotleski J, Wilson, L: Critical Incident Stress Debriefing: Are We Meeting Our Needs? Poster session presented at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Patient Quality and Safety Day, Philadelphia, PA and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Research Day, Philadelphia, PA, 2017.

Fesnak S, Abbadessa MK, Hayes K, Chlutti M, Lavelle J, Zorc J, Balamuth F: Sepsis in complex patients in the Emergency Department: Time to recognition and therapy in patients with high risk conditions. Poster presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA 2017.

2016

F Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE, MK Funari, MSN, RN, K Hayes, BS, M Chilutti, MS, S Ostapenko, BS, S Fesnak, MD, J Lavelle, MD, E R Alpern, MD, MSCE and J A Zorc, MD, MSCE: Clinician Judgment vs. an electronic alert in prospective screening for sepsis in a pediatric emergency department. Platform presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD May 2016.

Desai K, Vinograd AM, Funari MK, Zorc JJ, Chen AE: Longevity and Complication Rates of Ultrasound Guided versus Traditional Peripheral Intravenous Catheters in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Poster Session, New Orleans, LA 2016.

2015

Callahan JM, Baldwin KD, Wood M, Valente C, Funari MK, Johnson T, Freedman R, Matera G, Zorc JJ, Schast A: Improving Fracture Care in an Emergency Department. American College of Emergency Physicians Research Forum, Boston, MA, October 2015; Patient Safety and Quality Day Podium Presentation and Poster, Philadelphia, PA March 2015.

Balamuth, Frances B; Funari, Mary Kate; Hayes, Katie L; Schast, Aileen P; Lavelle, Jane; Fitzgerald, Julie; Weiss, Scott L: Improved emergency department recognition of pediatric severe sepsis/septic shock with an electronic alert. Platform presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2015.

Payal K. Gala, MD, Ashlee L. Murray, MD, Aileen P. Schast, PhD, Christian Minich, BA, Ashley L. Woodford, BS, Katie Hayes, BS, Mary Kate Funari, MSN, RN, CPEN, Richard Scarfone, MD, Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE: Implementation of a Clinical Pathway to Avoid Lumbar Puncture in Febrile Young Infants Aged 29-56 Days Meeting a Set of Low Risk Criteria. Poster Presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition, Washington, DC October 2015.

Ashlee Murray MD, Payal Gala MD, Fran Balamuth MD, PhD, MSCE, Catherine Botos MS, Damaris Amaya MSN, CRNP, Ashley Woodford BS, Mary Kate Funari MSN, RN, CPEN, Richard Scarfone MD: Lumbar Puncture for all Febrile Infants 29-56 days old: A Reassessment. Poster presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2015.

Moore, Thomas; Woodford, Ashley; Funari, Mary Kate; Vinograd, Alexandra M; Chen, Aaron E. (March 2015) Safety and Efficacy of Ultrasound-guided Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Placed in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Poster session presented at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Patient Quality and Safety Day, Philadelphia, PA. Poster session presented at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Patient Quality and Safety Day, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.

Balamuth, Frances B; Funari, Mary Kate; Hayes, Katie L; Schast, Aileen P; Lavelle, Jane; Fitzgerald, Julie; Weiss, Scott L (March 2015) Improved emergency department recognition of pediatric severe sepsis/septic shock with an electronic alert. Poster session presented at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Patient Quality and Safety Day, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.

Bannar, Florence A; Funari, Mary Kate; Rodio, Bonnie; Chacosky, Deborah C; Aurello, Veronica A. (March 2015) Clinical Pathology Specimen Rejection Project. Poster session presented at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Patient Quality and Safety Day, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.

Invited Lectures

2016

Abbadessa MK. Care of the Special Olympics Athlete, Villanova EMS Guest Lecturer, October 2016.

2015

Abbadessa MK. Pediatric EMS Considerations, Villanova EMS Guest Lecturer, October 2015.

Awards and Honors

2015, Lorri Rudolph Excellence In Nursing Education Award

Academic Excellence Honor in Graduate Studies

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society- Alpha Nu Chapter

Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges

Dean's List

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and Institutional Committees

2014-2016, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine: Pediatric Septic Shock Collaborative (PSSC), Education Task Force Member

2015-present, Children’s Hospital Association Pediatric Learning Solutions Emergency Department Suite, Course Development Committee Member

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

Emergency Nurses Association

Association for Nursing Professional Development