Is YOUR Hospital Equipped for Pediatric Emergencies?
Did you know that many, perhaps most emergency rooms are not equipped to deal with emergencies involving babies? According to R Baby Foundation, only 6% of emergency departments are equipped to deal with pediatric emergencies, and yet children make up about 27% of emergency department visits.
I remember when my first child was born. I was paranoid, but afraid of being too paranoid. Especially those first couple months. It is so scary to be the parent of a newborn and wondering what you should do if their fever is over so many degrees, but comes back down with meds. Am I worrying too much? Am I worrying too little? And after I had my second child, that paranoia didn’t get a whole lot better, I must admit!
Fortunately, I have not yet had to take either of my children to the emergency room. But what if I did? Would they be properly equipped to deal with the situation appropriately? After discovering R Baby Foundation, I’m afraid the odds are not favorable. What a scary thought, to think that if I did take one of my children there, they might not be properly cared for!
R Baby Foundation is seeking to change all that. They are on a mission to make sure that babies are able to get the emergency care they need in all hospitals. Things they want implemented in emergency departments across the country include increased pediatric training for general ER doctors, mandatory pediatric supplies and equipment and a clear definition of a pediatric emergency room.
R Baby Foundation has a petition on change.org. Please consider signing for the sake of a child you love who may need emergency services one day. And please check out the R Baby Foundation website for stories, resources and other ways to help!
*This is not a sponsored post. I was not asked by R Baby Foundation to write this post. This is simply a cause I would like to see it passed on, and awareness raised, because as a mother of two young children, these facts hit close to home!*