Several days ago I shot this INCREDIBLE PSA for RBaby Foundation
Just what is RBaby Foundation well it was born out of one couple’s way to make something wonderful come out of the tragic death of their baby girl Rebecca. It is the first and only not-for-profit foundation uniquely focused on saving babies lives through improving pediatric emergency care.
Here are just a few facts: Too Many Babies Are Dying
FACT: 1 in 141 babies die in the U.S. each year. Babies within the first 28 days are twice as likely to die as older babies. recent trends in Infant Mortality Rates Source: Center for Disease Control
FACT: There are approximately 20,000 newborn deaths within their first month of life and close to 30,000 in the first year. Source: WebMD
FACT: Babies born in the US are twice as likely to die than many other developed countries, including Sweden, Japan and Spain; the United States is ranked 36th among 196 nations. US ranking in Infant Mortality Rates
Miscommunication Can Often Lead to Mistakes
FACT: 1 out of every 25 hospital patients are injured as a result of medical errors.
FACT: Miscommunication is the #1 reason medical errors occur.
FACT: Hospitalized babies and children are often most at risk.
Source: “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Healthcare System,” Institute of Medicine, 1999 Report
Emergency Pediatric Care Needs Our Help
FACT: Children make up 27% of all emergency department (ED) visits, but only 6% of EDs in the U.S. have the necessary supplies for pediatric emergencies.
FACT: Many drugs and medical devices have not been adequately tested on, or dosed properly for, children – including babies.
FACT: Although pediatric skills deteriorate quickly without practice, continuing education in pediatric care is not required or is extremely limited for many prehospital emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
FACT: Emergency medical services and emergency departments are not well equipped to handle pediatric care. Most children receive emergency care in general (not children’s) hospitals, which are less likley to have pediatric expertise, equipment, and policies in place for the care of children. Source: “The Future of Emergency Care,” Institute of Medicine, 2006 Report
So what can you do right now to help R Baby Foundation ensure CONTINUE To save babies lives ? (To date, R Baby has raised over $5 million and more than 90% of every dollar spent is for grants directed to save babies’ lives. )
#1 Attend their R Baby’s 5-Star Food & Wine Gala Wednesday, May 9, 2012 The Plaza, NYC | 6:00-10:00pm This lively culinary experience you will feature pairing premium wines, an epicurean menu and the rare opportunity to mingle with world-reknown chefs from New York’s finest restaurants: Aureole, Gramercy Tavern, David Burke Kitchen, The Four Seasons, Ai Fiori, and more. Featuring a one-of-a-kind auction.
#2 Read and share their tips http://www.rbabyfoundation.org/resources-3.php
#4 Shop with Glassybaby and donate http://www.glassybaby.com/shop/product_detail/precious.aspx
#5 Volunteer http://www.rbabyfoundation.org/about-volunteers.php
#6 Share you emergency department story with other parents http://www.rbabyrealstories.org/Home
If you can only do ONE thing today…Please sign R Baby Foundation’s petition to improve pediatric emergency care: http://www.change.org/petitions/improve-pediatric-emergency-care