Safety Fair to be Held Saturday

September 24, 2009

A safety fair organized by the Pediatric Emergency Department at Brenner Children’s Hospital will be held Saturday, Sept. 26. Brenner Children’s Hospital is part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

The event will be held in the Sam’s Club parking lot on Hanes Mall Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This is an important event to increase awareness for people,” said James Bryant, R.N., M.S.N., director of Emergency and Transport Services. “Trauma can happen anywhere at any time and more children in this country die from trauma-related injuries than all other illnesses combined.”

The Pediatric ED is collaborating with the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma to host this fair which is free and open to the public.

Multiple local agencies are participating as well to provide information and awareness for the following: fire, bicycle, gun, ATV and lawn mower safety; drug and poison awareness, and other topics. There will also be car seat safety checks available to parents. 

Employees from the pediatric ED, Brenner Children’s Hospital, AirCare and the Brenner Transport team will be on hand as well as officials from the Winston-Salem Fire Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department, Forsyth County EMS, and Mommies of the Triad. 

The Medical Center received recent approval of a Certificate of Need (CON) to renovate 23,905 square feet for a new Pediatric ED which will increase the number of treatment rooms from 17 to 24. The new Pediatric ED represents an important component to Brenner Children’s Hospital and the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma – to strengthen the Medical Center’s ability to provide world-class pediatric and emergency medicine in western North Carolina and beyond.

The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma was established more than a year ago to focus on key areas in treatment, education and training, research and prevention of pediatric trauma. The Institute’s goal is to help pave the way for others in the nation searching for ways to help save the lives of severely injured children and help those who survive on the road to recovery. 


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