On October 14, 2017, I had the opportunity to participate in Sharp Memorial’s Emergency Department (ED) Kids Day. This event, hosted every October, is staffed by the ED nurses at Sharp Memorial, under the direction of ED Nurse Educator, Lovely Bolano.
Each year, more than 25.5 million children, under the age of 18 years old visit the ED. The goal of Kids Day is to educate children and parents on safety and to teach the community how to handle emergency situations.
At this event there were several stations set up where kids met with representatives from the San Diego County’s Sheriff Department, the Fire Department, and the staff of the ED. The kids took a tour through the emergency room and participated in a mock disaster drill. My son, particularly liked being strapped to a stretcher and rolled through the decontamination tent, as nurses in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) explained how to respond to a contamination disaster.
For the big finale, the Mercy Air helicopter did a few fly-bys and landed on the helipad. It was a fun, informative way to reinforce safety habits so children do not end up in the ED. I feel very fortunate to have been be able to volunteer my time for this worthwhile community outreach event.
Ryder White (age 2 years) trying on safety helmet
Blake White (4 years old), getting a tour of Sheriff Iverson’s vehicle