The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma launched "The Right Tools" video featuring Richard Childress Racing pit crew members from the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team to highlight the need to equip all emergency medical providers with the tools to save the lives of injured children.
The pit crew members performed their typical pit stop to change four tires and refuel using specialized, high-performance tools, which takes approximately 12 seconds. Their tools were then replaced with items available to the general public, including a basic tire iron, jack and small gas cans, to show how important speed and the right tools are when every second counts.
"We're competing where time is really important and we might lose a race or our job if it's not done properly," said Justin Voss, a featured pit crew member. "I can only imagine how important it is for EMS and hospitals to have the right tools because a child could lose their life."
The Childress Institute will continue to raise awareness throughout November about the need for improved pediatric trauma care during the Golden Hour, or first 60 minutes after a serious injury. The Institute will profile one injured child's story each day from Nov. 5-28 and will share one story each hour on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, to highlight that one child dies every hour, every day from pediatric trauma. If you or someone you know has a child that has been seriously injured, please share your story and tag #OurGoldenHour.
Traumatic injury is the No. 1 killer of children in the U.S., claiming the lives of more than 10,000 children each year. In addition, almost 300,000 children are hospitalized and over 8 million children are treated in the emergency department for serious injuries each year, many of whom struggle with long-term recoveries and disabilities. The Childress Institute funds research, education and advocacy to save injured kids.