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Contact: Jim Jones

Date: May 13, 2008

EMSC recognizes group’s contributions that benefit children

RALEIGH – A service organization’s efforts aimed at equipping hundreds of North Carolina ambulances with color-coded pediatric bags drew praise and recognition Tuesday during a meeting of the North Carolina Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs/North Carolina Juniors received a plaque during a meeting of the EMS Advisory Council at the Jane S. McKimmon Center in Raleigh. EMS-Children Program Manager Gloria Hale made the presentation.

“The NC Juniors have done a tremendous job in fulfilling a great need in our communities, helping them to be better prepared for medical emergencies involving children,” Hale said. “We greatly appreciate their generous donations to EMS agencies throughout the state.”

Two representatives of GFWC/NC Juniors received the plaque: Dottie Jennings of Elizabeth City, director of NC Juniors; and Stephanie Wallace of Fuquay-Varina, Junior’s special projects chairman. Through the clubs’ ongoing efforts, begun in May 2006, more than 400 bags have been distributed at a cost of more than $55,000, about half the number needed to outfit all ambulances in the state.

The pediatric bags are used with color-coded measuring tapes that estimate the child's weight and size and that list the appropriate sized equipment and medication dosages. The bags help to organize corresponding pediatric equipment, supplies, and medication dosages by color. They help EMS responders to save critical time, reduce provider stress, and decrease the risk of potential dosing errors.



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