Over the past 17 Galas, our Unit with the help of people like you has raised over 9 million dollars for the Rady Children’s Hospital. You are an integral part of our fundraising effort.
We are dedicating our annual fundraising Gala to the Emergency Department by helping them create a Resuscitation Room that will help address the phenomenal growth and its needs.
The Rady Children’s Resuscitation Room will transform emergency healthcare education and advance patient care through the availability and upgrading of high-tech equipment for both simulation training, and rapid diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of critically ill children. Rady Children’s Emergency Care Center requests consideration of giving options to meet its most urgent needs: specialized equipment, technology and space renovation.
Rady Children’s Emergency Care Center is in critical need of a resuscitation bay in order to provide the most up to date care for critically ill children in our community. Resuscitation is the central function of modern emergency departments and requires the availability and upgrading of high-tech equipment for rapid diagnosis, treatment and monitoring. Care is provided in specialized resuscitation bays that are carefully designed to optimize available space and have specially-designed beds, imaging capabilities, adequate lighting and storage for medical supplies, communication and monitoring technology, and resuscitation equipment.
In addition to the creation of well-designed and properly outfitted space, it is necessary that the care team receives training. Simulation training enables individuals to practice skills in realistic situations before taking care of patients, allowing all those being trained to become better, more competent, and more compassionate healthcare providers. Rady Children’s Emergency Care Center leadership envisions that through the use of simulation training, emergency care team members will learn and master skills in a safe environment without risk to real patients.
Three funding options are available, each represented by a phase of resuscitation: (a) Pre-resuscitation: funds will help prepare and train our medical teams to expertly and efficiently treat medically unstable children who come to our Emergency Care Center; (b) Resuscitation: funds will allow us to treat medically unstable children after arrival in our Emergency Care Center; (c) Post-resuscitation: funds will support families of sick children and the staff that care for them, while advancing the knowledge of how to save children’s lives. The first two options represent distinct components of the program, with the final option fully funding a comprehensive resuscitation program.
Simulation Training Program: Funds will be used to create a robust simulation program that utilizes replicated real-life situations to prepare our physician-nurse teams to treat medically unstable children. The program will use simulation equipment, including high-fidelity resuscitation mannequins, in mock scenarios to enhance the proficiency of the entire medical team in treating children with acute life-threatening illnesses.
Resuscitation Room: Funds will be used to create a state-of-the-art resuscitation bay that is fully equipped with proper resuscitation beds, adequate lighting, anti-slip floors, ultrasound, rapid IV infusion sets, warmers, digital x-ray viewing equipment, invasive and non-invasive breathing equipment, invasive and non-invasive equipment for monitoring vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, etc.), wireless communication equipment, and real-time recording devices for use in quality improvement.
Resuscitation Room and Simulation Training Program: Funding at this level will allow Rady Children’s to fully renovate and outfit the resuscitation room, and create and implement a full-scale simulation training program, focusing on three main goals: 1) comfort and privacy for families (parents, guardians, and siblings) whose medically unstable children are undergoing life-preserving interventions in the Emergency Care Center (specifically, a private consultation room for families waiting for updates), 2) quality-improvement efforts to learn from past experiences, and 3) scientific research to enhance life-saving treatments in the Emergency Care Center, as well as to gauge the impact of resuscitation efforts on the well-being of patients, families and medical staff that treat them.