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Improving Pediatric Emergency Care One Step at a Time

Since our birth, R Baby Foundation's Granting Committee and Medical Advisory Board have reviewed various proposals submitted by hospitals across the country wishing to improve medical care for infants. To date, seven new grants have been chosen to receive funding, with more proposals being submitted and reviewed every six months. While all focus on pediatric emergency care, the plans seek to improve medical needs across a broad spectrum of areas, including training, equipment, education and communication. Initially these programs are estimated to impact hundreds of thousands of babies a year – with millions affected over time.

The following grants are all different ways to improve emergency health care for infants. They are R Baby's first steps in an ongoing process to evaluate programs and publish materials that will save babies' lives and change the way urgent care for infants is viewed. We look forward to working with the hospitals to raise awareness on the need for better care and will also partner to track the results of each program so we can continue to invest in making our programs as successful as they can be. Our granting cycle will continue to be January and June.

Upcoming Grants

R Baby Sim-Mobile for ERs Project led by Yale University with collaborating hospitals: Columbia University, Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian, University Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Brown University, LIJ’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, Johns Hopkins Pediatrics and UMass Children’s Medical Center. This program uses the application of novel simulation-based training and assessment using actors in dramatic mock emergency situations and is delivered directly to Pediatric and General Emergency Departments in multiple states. It will provide cycles of simulation-based assessment, training, re-assessment and repeat training to provide the highest level of impact.

R Baby’s INSPIRE (formerly POISE) Network Training for Pediatric Emergency Care led by Columbia Presbyterian. Now with more than 100 hospitals in the INSPIRE Network, the program is now poised to grow beyond current training modules to include additional life-saving infant procedures such as spinal taps and intubation as well as core skill checklists and diagnosis recognition training.

An Evaluation of Remote Simulation (video-conferencing) as a Tool to Improve Pediatric Preparedness in Critical Access Hospital Emergency Departments (Rural Areas in NC) led by Johns Hopkins’ Hospital. This program specifically focuses on impacting hospitals in rural locations that are in great need of pediatric expertise. These remote locations will now be trained through the innovative use of tele-medicine and simulation with established local partners.

EMS Outreach and Education — Mobile SIM to EMS led by Children’s Hospital of Colorado. This program is directed at the critical first responders, EMS personnel, to assess and improve difficult life-saving maneuvers, such as correct bag/valve/mask ventilation, intubation, and intraosseous access. This program will impact the 9000 babies seen in CO by EMS providers and ultimately impact children nationally when the training is shared with a broader audience.

Pediatrics for Emergency Physicians (PEP) Network led by Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York – Presbyterian. This grant will establish and sustain the content for a “Pediatrics for Emergency Physicians (PEP) Network”, a unique collaborative consisting of representatives of Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, for the purpose of delivering quality and innovative education on pediatrics to general emergency medicine physicians. The content will be shared through our Inspire network as well to reach even more physicians.

Difficult Dialogues in Pediatric Emergencies led by Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center is designed to improve the communication skills of attending physicians and emergency medicine residents in order to improve the safety and quality of pediatric emergency care while strengthening family-caregiver relationships. The catalogue of situations will include both parent-learning situations and doctor-learning videotaped scenarios to be disseminated appropriately with the ultimate goal of inclusion in medical school curriculums.

Rapid Detection Technology Study for Acute Respiratory Illness in Pediatric Intensive Care led by University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. The Luminex 200 analyzer in the Rebecca Rabinowitz Laboratory will continue to analyze multiple viruses, adding additional viruses to the screening process, in pediatric patients. This study will ultimately lead to important comprehensive recommendations on the prevention and treatment of various viruses in children.

Recent Grants

First Year Accomplishments
Thanks for your generous donations!

Recently, our grants:

  • Are improving communications between parents and hospital staff when it matters most — new programs mean immediate access to information and resources during even the most chaotic moments.

  • Are driving up the success rates for physicians learning to treat babies who cannot breathe properly through simulation exercises that are doubling success rates among those who go through the training programs.

  • Are decreasing the time to diagnose viral infection from one to two weeks to less than three hours — when every minute matters.

  • Are helping researchers understand how babies contract viral infections for clearer identification of babies at risk. Even babies without typical symptoms can have life-threatening viruses! Our research is providing important clues to less obvious symptoms, and will enable proper diagnosis and treatment.

  • Are paving the way for higher standards of care nationally through development and mandating of guidelines and protocols that will ensure babies in every hospital, ER, ambulance and clinic — whether in big cities, small towns and even rural locations — have access to pediatric specialists and treatments that save lives.

Sharing the Knowledge & Programs
R Baby is proud to announce the creation of R Baby MedExchange — a secure medical community site that will enable our grantees to share their results with hospitals and universities across the country.