In addition, your support enables us to collaborate with community organizations to provide valuable safety education to local children and their families. Through our partnership with the West County Safety House, children learn about various safety topics through hands-on activities, including how to evacuate in case of a fire, what to do in case of a severe storm, basic first aid and poison control, and even understanding the tools used by firefighters and paramedics. Families with babies and young children can even stop by and have their car seats safety checked by an SSM Health Cardinal Glennon safety nurse.
Future goals and needs of the department include:
- Staff education on a variety of topics, including the proper care of children with autism in the emergency room setting
- Technology updates, including a new ultrasound machine to be used for IV placement and rapid, bedside exams to screen for blood around the heart or abdominal organs following a trauma
- Items to enhance the patient and family experience, including a new portable video game system and other tools to provide distraction and calming while families are waiting to be seen by a doctor