What if Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center weren’t here? What if we weren’t able to provide a larger space for these critical departments in the next few years?
Honestly, we don’t even want to think about it.
But Here’s The Bottom Line:
Our Emergency Department was built for 22,000 kids a year. Last year, more than 83,000 children came through our doors. And within five years, the Emergency Department and Trauma Center at Phoenix Children’s will need to be able to accommodate more than 100,000 children each year.
The good news is that we have the staff and training we need. We are the very best at what we do, and we have the stats to prove it: We have one of the lowest mortality rates in the country.
But we’ve already outgrown our space, and with current growth projections, we simply will not have the space for all of the children who need us. Children who need critical care now to survive. Children like Alexis, Anthony, Dani, Seth and Brycen. Children who are just like yours.
We never want to have to turn away a critically injured child because we don’t have space. That’s why we’re fighting to be ready for 100,000 children. We hope you’ll fight with us.
It’s critical to Arizona’s children that we make Phoenix Children’s new Emergency Department and Trauma Center a reality.
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- Staff Locker Room ($125,000): This area will provide a respite for ED staff members who work long hours and often extended shifts.
- Trauma Bay ($125,000): Having six trauma bays will allow for the treatment of multiple patients from the same incident. That means first responders won’t have to decide which patients come to Phoenix Children’s and who must be taken elsewhere.
- Exam Room ($100,000): The heart of Emergency Department operations, our uniquely designed exam rooms will provide a private patient environment while allowing staff to carefully monitor patients.
- Exam/Triage Room ($100,000): These exam rooms provide the first level of diagnosis where patients have their conditions assessed, vital information recorded and level of care determined.
- Isolation Exam Room ($100,000): For patients with potentially infectious conditions, this room will be equipped with a private restroom and a negative-pressure air system to exhaust all of the air from the room, while attending to the needs of the patient.
- Behavioral Exam Room ($100,000): Designed to accommodate patients who may have behavioral health care needs, these rooms will have security measures incorporated to ensure patient safety.
- Family Consult Room ($100,000): This space may be used for private consultation between families and care providers, to facilitate counseling during difficult situations, or as an area of respite for families.
What If There Were No Pediatric Trauma Centers?
Children are not just little adults. Their bodies are different; their brains are different. They react differently to medications. They have different physical and emotional needs. They don’t communicate the same way — or, if very young, at all.
When treating children — whose entire lives will be impacted by your choices — pediatric surgeons know just how high the stakes are. And pediatric trauma centers are ready.
The harsh reality is that studies have shown that many hospital emergency departments simply are not prepared for children. It’s not what they do. They don’t always have equipment like breathing tubes or catheters sized for children of various ages and sizes, or know how to properly stabilize a seriously injured or ill child like we do. They may not know how to order proper IV fluids or recognize a life-threatening drop in blood sugar.
Why? Because they aren’t trained to care for kids in an emergency, and that’s when mistakes happen. Fatal mistakes. The fact is that children treated at pediatric trauma centers are more likely to survive and to have a shorter hospital stay.
A study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics looked at the ability of more than 4,000 hospitals to care for pediatric emergency patients. On a scale of 100, the median readiness score was 69. The only measure of comfort in a median score of 69 is that in 2003, it was 55.
When more than 15 percent of the hospitals that participated in the review are missing critical tools — such as those needed to remove something that’s blocking a child’s airways — it’s clear that taking your child to just any hospital isn’t good enough. It also helps explain why more than 30,000 children a year are brought to Phoenix Children’s Emergency Department from other hospitals.
Phoenix Children’s is the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the state. And we’re ready for anything.
Without Us, Seth May Not Have Survived.
Seth was staying overnight at his older brother’s house when his brother’s friend accidentally fired a gun, hitting Seth on the left side of the head.
When Seth — just 13 years old at the time — arrived at Phoenix Children’s, his survival was uncertain — but our trauma surgeons went to work to save his life.
In a coma for weeks, Seth pulled through. Eventually, he was able to begin the rigorous process of relearning how to walk, talk and see again. And today, the honors student is back in school and has made a remarkable recovery.
“We owe Seth’s life to the trauma team at Phoenix Children’s. Without them I’m not sure he would have made it,” said Seth’s mom, Sandra.
Without Us, Danielle Could Have Lost Her Leg.
Danielle, a 15-year-old high school student and cross-country runner, started having severe foot pain. When her dad took her to urgent care, they discovered she didn’t have a pulse below her knee. Dani was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s, where she underwent emergency surgery to save her leg.
A dangerous aneurysm had completely clotted in Danielle’s leg. And Phoenix Children’s is one of the only facilities in the Southwest that can undertake a complex vascular reconstruction like Danielle needed.
Today, Danielle is back on her feet and hopes to someday become an ICU nurse like the ones she met during her stay at Phoenix Children’s.
“Before they took Danielle back, I asked the surgeons to do everything they could to save my daughter’s leg. They did and we’re so grateful, ” said Robert, Danielle’s dad.
Without Us, Alexis Might Have Lost Too Much Blood.
Five-year-old Alexis had just stepped out onto the porch while his grandmother was making breakfast when he was viciously attacked by a stray pit bull.
The dog bites covered his stomach, arms, ears and throat, in some cases leaving flaps of skin hanging. One of the bites even punctured his trachea and another damaged a nerve in his cervical spine.
After two hospitals outside of the Phoenix area were unable to stabilize him, Alexis was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s, where trauma specialists and a plastic surgeon worked to save his life, repair his skin and reconstruct his arm.
He continues to work on his recovery with a variety of specialists. But his mom pauses to consider what might have happened without the trauma team at Phoenix Children’s.
“If we weren’t airlifted to Phoenix Children’s, I don’t believe my son would have made it,” said Alexis’ mom.
What If… It Were Your Child?
If your child were critically ill or injured, you’d want the very best — and fast. The new Emergency Department and Trauma Center will be closer to the helipad, imaging equipment and operating rooms. These critical functions are currently 200 yards away.
Instead of losing valuable seconds transporting patients the length of two football fields, we’ll be able to transport patients and perform tests faster — and get them into surgery minutes sooner.
And that’s a huge deal.
Because during an emergency, every parent knows that every second counts.