Many people are unaware that if their helmet or car seat is involved in a crash, they should be replaced as the integrity of the item has been compromised. (break)
With the help of community funding from The Memorial Foundation, helmets, infant car seats and booster seats are available for patients coming to Virginia Mason Memorial’s Emergency
Department with injuries. This proactive approach helps to prevent future injuries.
If families are involved in a car crash and the parents are admitted to the hospital, then the person picking up the children often have no way to safely transport the children home. This was the scenario which prompted the application for funding to The Memorial Foundation. The infant seats were used up before the end of the first year.
This program has been beneficial to Virginia Mason Memorial’s Emergency Department staff also. They believe by giving out a car seat or a helmet they are preventing another family in our community from having to go through a traumatic experience of an injured child.
Story shared by: Tammy Pettis BSN, RN, CEN, Trauma Coordinator
If you you would like donate to help build a healthier Yakima you can do so here https://memfound.org/give-donate.asp