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Press Release

26 June 2019

Pedtrauma is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which was founded in 1998 in Athens by a small number of doctors and parents. Its sole purpose was to raise awareness on children's accidents in Greece, reduce their number and severity and to improve care once an accident has occurred.

From 2010 up to the present date over 700.000 children have benefitted from our Charity.

According to the statistics of Hospitals and Health Centers equipped by “Pedtrauma”, in 2018 more than 220,000 children have passed through the Trauma Centers and the Paediatric Departments.

"Pedtrauma" is making a great effort to reduce children’s accidents and improve injured children’s care through the implementation of the following:

a) By opening Trauma Centers in all the major Public Children’s Hospitals in Athens and throughout Greece.

b) By upgrading and equipping the Paediatric Departments and Clinics of the Hospitals and the Health Centers with the necessary machinery.

c) By financing seminars where specialized doctors train surgeons, doctors, nurses, and Ambulance Paramedics on how to help the injured children the fastest and best way possible ("Medical Seminars Program Leonidas Georgopoulos"). We have already managed to train 1.641 doctors, nurses, and Ambulance Paramedics.

d) By educating children on trauma prevention. In particular, we visit schools and talk to children, teachers and parents on how to prevent accidents from happening. To date we have spoken to 46.614 children and 3.090 teachers and parents. It has been statistically proven that by introducing Trauma Prevention into schools the number and severity of accidents occurring has been reduced by up to 50%.

More specifically we have managed to upgrade and equip 62 Departments in 53 Hospitals / Health Centers:

• Trauma Centers : We have built and equipped 29 Trauma Centers in the following Hospitals:

- "Paidon Pentelis", thanks to the sponsorship of John V. Vardinogiannis (year: 2011).

- "Panagiotis & Aglaia Kyriakou", thanks to the "Stavros Niarchos" Foundation (year: 2012).

- ''Ippocration'' Thessaloniki's General Hospital, thanks to ‘’OTE-COSMOTE’’ (year: 2014).

- The University Hospital "PAGNI" in Irakleion, Crete, thanks to the Companies ‘’Norton Rose Fulbright Greece’’, ‘’Hellenic Petroleum’’ and an Anonymous donor (year: 2014).

- The ‘’University Hospital Evrou’’ in Alexandroupolis, thanks to the ‘’John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation’’ (year: 2014).

- The ‘’Andreas Papandreou’’ General Hospital in Rhodes, thanks to the Companies ‘’Hellenic Petroleum’’, ‘’Norton Rose Fulbright Greece’’ and ‘’John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation’’ (year: 2015).

- The ‘’Axillopouleio’’ General Hospital in Volos, thanks to the Company ‘’Norton Rose Fulbright Greece’’ (year: 2016).

- The General Hospital of Lamia thanks, to the Family George Giouroukou (year: 2016).

- The ‘’Karamandaneio’’ General Hospital in Patras, thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2016).

- The University General Hospital of Larissa, thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2016).

- The ‘’Vostanio’’ General Hospital in Mytilini (year: 2016).

- The Corfu General Hospital, thanks to the hotel MarBella Corfu (year: 2016).

- The General Hospital of Karpenisi, thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2017).

- The General Hospital of Chalkidiki, thanks to Sani Resort & Ikos Resorts (year: 2017).

- The ’'Andreas Papandreou’’ General Hospital of Pyrgos, thanks to the Company ‘’Norton Rose Fulbright Greece’’ (year: 2017).

- The  General Hospital of Livadeia, thanks to the Company MYTILINEOS S.A.  (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Larissa, thanks to the “Friends of Pediatric Trauma Care”, MYTILINEOS S.A., PAPAPOSTOLOU N. S.A., DRAEGER HELLAS, SIGMA MEDICAL, KOTSOVOLOS and the “Théâtre Grec de Genève”. (year: 2018).

- The University General Hospital ''ATTIKON'', thanks to the “OTE Group of Companies” (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Karditsa, thanks to VISA (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Trikala, thanks to VISA (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Chania "St. George", thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Rethymno, thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2018).

- The University General Hospital of Ioannina, thanks to the Company MYTILINEOS S.A.(year: 2018).

- The General Hospital - Health Center of Filiates, thanks to the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Greek Shipowners’ Social Welfare Company SYN-ENOSIS within the framework of the programme “Collaborating for Health” (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Veria, thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2019).

- The General Hospital of Ptolemaida “Mpodosakeio” thanks to the George Youroukos family (year: 2019).

- The General Hospital of Pella - Hospital Unit of Edessa thanks to the George Youroukos family (year: 2019).

- The General Hospital – Health Center of Karystos, thanks to an Anonymous Donor (year: 2019).

- The General Hospital – Health Center of Kythira (year: 2019).

Paediatric Departments: We have upgraded 21.

• Paediatric Clinics: We have upgraded 8.

• Intensive Care Units / HDU: We have upgraded 4.

• We have offered 902 machines and equipment to the Hospitals’ Paediatric Departments.

The total cost of our project from 2010 up to the present date comes to € 2.232.207.

Our future goals are the following:

- To create Trauma Centers and to equip the Health Centers at:

1) General Hospital of Tripolis

2) General Hospital of Kefalonia

 

- To finance the seminars where specialized doctors train surgeons, doctors, nurses, and Ambulance Paramedics on how to help the injured children the fastest and best way possible.

- To continue educating children, parents and teachers on trauma prevention.

 

If you wish to join or support our project by making a donation, please contact us at the numbers 210 - 6741933 & 210 - 6740118 or by sending email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our work seems to be growing daily as more and more Hospitals request our help. 
 

Board of Directors:

Natasha Clive-Vrecossis,  President 

Michalis Sarris, MD (Paediatrician-neonatologist),  Vice President

Maria Sofianopoulou,  General Secretary 

Olympia Pliatsikouri,  Treasurer 

George-Ippokratis Klimis,  Member

Scientific Team:

Emeritus Professor George Chroussos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine. Director, University Research Institute of Maternal and Child Health and Precision Medicine.

Professor George Briassoulis, School of Health Sciences, University of Crete (Director of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the ‘’PAGNI’’ University General Hospital of Irakleion)

Assistant Professor Athanasios Kaditis, (Assistant Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Pulmonology in the 1st Paediatric Clinic of Athens University Hospital “Aghia Sophia”)

Assistant Professor Panagiotis Agouridakis (Director of the Trauma Center in the ‘’PAGNI’’ University General Hospital of Irakleion)

Mr. Constantinos Velaoras, MD (Paediatric Surgeon in Pentelis Children's Hospital), 

Mr. George Spyridis, MD (Paediatric Surgeon in Athens Paediatric Center / Gaia, Paidon Mitera),

Mrs. Aristea Patsoura, MD (PICU Director in "Aglaia Kyriakou" Children's Hospital) 

Mr. Dimitrios Pyrros, MD (Director of the Ambulance Medical Services, ‘’EKAV’’)

Mr. George Triantos, MD, PhD, (Director of the 1st Surgical Department, ''Andreas Papandreou'' General Hospital in Rhodes)

Mrs. Maria Pavlidou, (Director of the Paediatric Department at Karpenisi General Hospital)

Mrs. Despoina Iordanidou, (Paediatric Anesthetist Consultant G.H. Thessaloniki Hippokrateio Senior Instructor- Course Director of Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course (APLS) of Northern Greece)

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