1. How was “Pediatric Trauma Care” started?
In 1995, a group of doctors and concerned parents decided to help set up the appropriate infrastructure needed to stop accidents from being the leading cause of death and permanent disability of children in Greece.
Thus in May of the same year, a non profit making association was founded named “Initiative for the Creation of a Pediatric Trauma Center.” On the 25th of September 1998, its name was changed to “Pediatric Trauma Care” .
On the 22nd June 1999, “Pediatric Trauma Care” changed its legal status from a non-profit association to a non-profit organization.
2. What exactly is the mission of the non-profit making organization “Pediatric Trauma Care”?
The mission of “Pediatric Trauma Care” is to stop accidents being the leading cause of death and disability of children in Greece. This can be achieved by organizing a Comprehensive Pediatric Accident and Emergency System for all the children in Greece with the cooperation of the Public and Private sectors.
3. Does statistical information exist which proves that accidents are the leading cause of death of children in Greece?
There is no doubt that accidents are the leading cause of death of children in Greece, as in all other developed countries.
For statistical information, “Pediatric Trauma Care” turns to the National Statistical Service of Greece and CEREPRI (Center for Research and Prevention of Injuries Among the Young).
Click here for Statistical Info [ Leading causes of death (age 0-19).
4. What do you mean by “Accident and Emergency Units”?
Pediatric Accident and Emergency Units are specially set up departments, incorporated in already existing hospitals (not necessarily Pediatric). Their job is to diagnose and stabilize the injured child’s condition.
Because it is imperative that the injured child receives specialized treatment as soon as possible, it is necessary to have a network of such units throughout Greece. Each unit should be staffed by personnel, trained in Pediatric Accident and Emergency Care, and have access to doctors of all specializations.
5. Golden Hour: What does this mean for a child ?
The “Golden Hour” is the amount of time a seriously injured child has to find help before succumbing to his injuries. In the western world all the Pediatric Hospitals have Trauma Centers. The place where a child is taken to be stabilized first and foremost, before all the necessary tests are done and help is provided.
In Greece, however, Trauma Centers didn’t exist until recently. An injured child is usually brought to the hospital by a parent who then desperately tries to find the appropriate doctor to treat the child … by then the “Golden Hour” has come and gone!
6. What are the activities of “Pediatric Trauma Care” in the field of Children’s Accident Prevention?
It is a proven fact, that a continuous and effective Accident Prevention Program can reduce up to 50% children’s accidents and their consequences. For this reason, “Pediatric Trauma Care” is involved with the development of the necessary infrastructure needed to make Greece a safe country for children.
Simultaneously, “Pediatric Trauma Care,” is involved with educating children on the subject of Accident Prevention, because it is important that from a very young age, they should learn to recognize the dangers around them and protect themselves from them.
“Pediatric Trauma Care” is also in the process of developing an effective children’s Accident Prevention Media Campaign, which will greatly influence the mentality of both children and adults with regards to children’s accident prevention.
7. What are the activities of “Pediatric Trauma Care” in the field of training of specialized personnel?
For an effective Accident and Emergency Care System, it is necessary to have specially trained medical teams who can administer emergency care and support to the suffering child and its family.
In early 2010 our Charity decided, due to the deteriorating economic climate,to collaborate with “APLS Hellas” and instead of organizing seminars ourselves to use our resources to partially fund the doctors’ participation fee and to wholly fund the nurses’ participation fee in these seminars.
8. If a child has an accident can I call “Pediatric Trauma Care” for help?
“Pediatric Trauma Care” is not an Accident and Emergency Unit that deals directly with injured children. It is a non-profit making organization whose aim is to set up, in collaboration with the Public and Private Sectors, a Comprehensive Pediatric Accident and Emergency System for all the children in Greece.
9. Why do children need specialized transportation?
Injured children cannot be handled the same way as adults. They differ both physically and mentally. For instance, because a child’s body contains a much smaller quantity of blood, in the case of a severe hemorrhage, it is in greater danger than an adult.
Whether the injured child is transported by ambulance or helicopter, this must be properly equipped to deal with children’s needs (e.g. it must have a child-sized oxygen mask because a larger one will not fit properly on a child’s face and is therefore useless). To be effective, medical personnel accompanying the injured child must be specially trained to deal with pediatric accident and emergency cases.
Swift and correct transportation of the injured child, in conjunction with on-the-spot emergency care, can reduce children’s death rate during transportation, from 62%, which is the present rate in Greece to 5%. It also helps to avoid aggravating the injured child’s condition.
“Pediatric Trauma Care” is involved in the organization and development of pediatric transportation, which at present, is virtually non-existent in Greece.
10. Which other similar organizations does “Pediatric Trauma Care” collaborate with?
“Pediatric Trauma Care” has contacts with many similar organizations, foundations, etc. both in Greece and abroad. The serious problem of Children’s Accidents affects everyone and therefore we should all work together so as to stop accidents being the leading cause of death and disability to children.
Sponsors, Supporters and Collaborations
11. How can someone help “Pediatric Trauma Care” financially?
As a non-profit making organization, “Pediatric Trauma Care” relies on annual membership-fees, donations, sponsorships and various fundraising events to cover its expenses.
If you wish to make a donation the Bank accounts details of “Pediatric Trauma Care” are:
Alpha Bank (Greece)
α) 115 00 2002 027759 / IBAN GR36 0140 1150 1150 0200 2027 759
β) 115 002101 195694 / IBAN GR53 0140 1150 1150 0210 1195 694
Please inform the office of “Pediatric Trauma Care” when payment has been made, so that the relevant receipt and Membership Card can be sent to you, either by e-mail at [email protected], by fax at (+30 210) 6743 950, or by calling at (+30 210) 6740 118 and (+30 210) 6741 933.
12. How does one become a member of “Pediatric Trauma Care”?
It is easy to become a member of “Pediatric Trauma Care”. You may start by filling-in the Membership Form.
The annual Membership subscription is 60 Euro and the lifetime subscription is 500 Euro. Please inform the office of “Pediatric Trauma Care” when payment has been made so that the relevant receipt and Membership Card can be sent to you.
13. How can someone become a volunteer for “Pediatric Trauma Care”?
Like all non-profit making organizations, “Pediatric Trauma Care” always needs help from volunteers. If someone wishes to help, please contact the office of “Pediatric Trauma Care” at [email protected] or by calling at (+30 210) 6740 118 and (+30 210) 6741 933.
14. Does “Pediatric Trauma Care” give First Aid Courses?
At this stage “Pediatric Trauma Care” does not give First Aid courses.