Floyd Memorial has been awarded four WHAS-11 Crusade for Children grants, with funds totaling $27,311. The grants will provide funding to purchase items and services aimed at ensuring that the Hospital is able to meet the unique medical and psychological needs of children being treated at the facility, which treats approximately 9,000 children per year. Each of the grants is outlined below.
- $12,000 was awarded for staff training on prevention of psychosocial harm in children as the result of medical trauma and/or procedures. Hospital staff and first responders will receive special training from the Foundation for Human Enrichment on how to assist children who have been hospitalized due to a traumatic experience such as child abuse, motor vehicle accidents, serious falls, etc. Additional training will be given to staff for the prevention of medical treatment-related trauma in special needs children undergoing difficult medical procedures. Funds will also be used to purchase special “shadow buddy dolls” that are used to demonstrate procedures to special needs children and help them talk about their feelings associated with medical care.
- $8,683 was awarded to the Surgical Department to purchase a Broselow Hinkle Pediatric Cart and two Stryker Cub Pediatric Cribs. The Broselow Hinkle Pediatric Cart utilizes a color-coded system based on a simple length measurement for rapid and accurate delivery of surgical medications and anesthesia during pediatric emergencies that require surgery. The pediatric cribs will be used to ensure the safety of special needs children before and after surgery.
- $4,990 was awarded to the Pediatric Unit to purchase two Medfusion syringe pumps. The pumps set safety limits for all modes of medication delivery such as dose, rate, time, weight, concentration and volume to ensure correct dosing to children, thereby reducing the incidence of medication error.
- $1,638 was awarded to the Emergency Center for the purchase of a variety of pediatric trauma equipment used for the temporary immobilization of a child’s head, arms or extremities during the administration of emergency medical treatment.