Flaget Memorial Hospital has been awarded a grant in the amount of $11,000 from WHAS Crusade for Children. The money is being used to purchase lifesaving equipment for children, including a Broselow/Hinkle pediatric code cart for the emergency department, and pediatric emergency kits for each floor of the hospital. Flaget is supplementing the grant with $780 that will buy four guides that cover pediatric resuscitation and proper use of the new equipment.
Flaget Emergency Department Director Laura Larue, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., and Vice President of Mission Integration Ben Wiederholt wrote the grant application for the equipment, and presented it to the WHAS Crusade board this past summer.
“When you have a baby or child in cardio-pulmonary arrest, there is no greater sense of urgency,” Larue said. “Fortunately for the children, families, and health care providers, this is not something that happens frequently. That makes it all the more important to have these tools. Children are all different sizes, and we are not able to use a ‘standard’ dose of medication or standard type of equipment. The Broselow/Hinkle color-coded system makes resuscitation faster, easier, more efficient and safer for all children.”
In a life-threatening situation, this rescue equipment can make all the difference, Larue said.
“We are so appreciative to the Crusade for making this donation.”
WHAS Crusade representative Larry Ledford will present the $11,000 check to Flaget President Bruce Klockars and Ben Wiederholt Thursday, Oct. 21, at 9 a.m. in the hospital lobby. Dr. Tom Mobley, a member of the Crusade board who serves as pastor of Nelson Christian Church, will be on hand for the presentation.
The Crusade, which was established by Louisville’s WHAS TV, has been raising money since 1954 to better the lives of children.