Brenner Children’s Hospital to Hold Safe Kids Day and 10th Annual Bike Safety Day

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – May 11, 2017 – Brenner Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, along with Safe Kids Northwest Piedmont, Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and other community partners will hold Safe Kids Day and the 10th annual Bike Safety Day, Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Kaleideum Downtown (formerly Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem).

Hands-on water, fire, pedestrian, child passenger, home and bicycle safety education will be provided for children and their families.

Around 800 children suffering from traumatic injuries and burns were admitted last year to Brenner Children’s, the only Level I pediatric trauma center in our region and one of only three in the state.

According to the Childress Institute, trauma kills nearly 10,000 children each year in the United States, more than all other causes combined.

“Teaching children and their parents and caregivers ways to stay safe is a crucial part of what we do,” said Ginger Wilkins, pediatric trauma coordinator at Brenner Children’s. “Even though our doctors and nurses are ready to care for critically injured children around the clock, we hope events such as this will help prevent a child from suffering a traumatic injury that could have been easily avoided.”

A recent report from Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program, found that nearly 40 percent of parents surveyed admitted that their child doesn’t always wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, skateboard or other self-propelled wheeled toy, even though more than 426,000 children – nearly 50 every hour – visited an emergency department in 2015 due to a wheeled sports-related injury.

As part of the 10th annual Bike Safety Day, children are also invited to bring their bicycles and helmets to an outdoor bike rodeo with the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Downtown Bike Patrol Unit.

The event is free. Museum admission is not included.

Media contacts: Mac Ingraham, mingraha@wakehealth.edu, 336-716-3487; Eryn Johnson, eryjohns@wakehealth.edu, 336-713-8228.

Day-of media contact: Kara Thompson, kathomps@wakehealth.edu, 336-491-9766.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (www.wakehealth.edu) is a nationally prominent academic medical center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with an integrated enterprise incorporating hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers and other primary and specialty care facilities that serve the residents of 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The Medical Center’s divisions are Wake Forest Baptist Health, a regional clinical system that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital and more than 150 locations, 900 physicians and 1,000 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in cutting-edge research and experiential medical education; and Wake Forest Innovations, which commercializes the discoveries and research capabilities of the Medical Center and operates Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, an urban district devoted to driving regional economic growth and building vibrant community. Wake Forest Baptist clinical, research and educational programs are consistently rated among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

 

About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

Life threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. Nearly 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries, and many more are treated in the emergency room. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. Visit www.SaveInjuredKids.org to learn more.

 

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