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Pediatric Trauma Care (PTC)

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Since: 27.05.2011

Gytheiou Street 1A, GR-152 31 Halandri, Athens, Greece
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"PEDIATRIC TRAUMA CARE"
NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Pedtrauma is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which was founded in November 1995 in Athens by a small number of doctors and parents. Its sole purpose is to raise awareness on children's accidents in Greece, reduce their number and severity and to improve care once an accident has occurred. 

From 2010 up to the present date over 480.000 children have benefited from our Charity.

Statistics show that up to 500,000 children are injured every year through car accidents, falls, burns, drowning, electrocution and poisoning. About 700 accidents are fatal and 3.000 end in permanent disability. In a country with a population of roughly 10.5 million people this number is huge.

"Pedtrauma" is making a great effort to change the above statistics through the implementation of the following:

a) By opening Trauma Centers in all the major Public Children’s Hospitals in Athens and throughout Greece.

b) By upgrading and equipping the Paediatric Departments and Clinics of the Hospitals and the Health Centers with the necessary machinery.

c) By financing seminars where specialized doctors train surgeons, doctors, nurses, and Ambulance Paramedics on how to help the injured children the fastest and best way possible. We have already managed to train 1.564 doctors, nurses, and Ambulance Paramedics.

d) By educating children on trauma prevention. In particular, we visit schools and talk to children, teachers and parents on how to prevent accidents from happening. To date we have spoken to 44.075 children and 3.060 teachers and parents. It has been statistically proven that by introducing Trauma Prevention into schools the number and severity of accidents occurring has been reduced by up to 50%.

More specifically we have managed to upgrade and equip 52 Departments in 44 Hospitals / Trauma Centers:

•Trauma Centers : We have built and equipped 24 Trauma Centers in the following Hospitals: 

- "Paidon Pentelis", thanks to the sponsorship of John V. Vardinogiannis (year: 2011).

- "Panagiotis & Aglaia Kyriakou", thanks to the "Stavros Niarchos" Foundation (year: 2012).

- ''Ippocration'' Thessaloniki's General Hospital, thanks to ‘’OTE-COSMOTE’’ (year: 2014).

- The University Hospital "PAGNI" in Irakleion, Crete, thanks to the Companies ‘’Norton Rose Fulbright Greece’’, ‘’Hellenic Petroleum’’ and an Anonymous donor (year: 2014).

- The ‘’University Hospital Evrou’’ in Alexandroupolis, thanks to the ‘’John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation’’ (year: 2014).

- The ‘’Andreas Papandreou’’ General Hospital in Rhodes, thanks to the Companies ‘’Hellenic Petroleum’’, ‘’Norton Rose Fulbright Greece’’ and ‘’John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation’’ (year: 2015).

- The ‘’Axillopouleio’’ General Hospital in Volos, thanks to the Company ‘’Norton Rose Fulbright Greece’’ (year: 2016).

- The General Hospital of Lamia thanks, to the Family George Giouroukou (year: 2016).

- The ‘’Karamandaneio’’ General Hospital in Patras, thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2016).

- The University General Hospital of Larissa, thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2016).

- The ‘’Vostanio’’ General Hospital in Mytilini (year: 2016).

- The Corfu General Hospital, thanks to the hotel MarBella Corfu (year: 2016).

- The General Hospital of Karpenisi, thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2017).

- The General Hospital of Chalkidiki, thanks to Sani Resort & Ikos Resorts (year: 2017).

- The ’Andreas Papandreou’’ General Hospital of Pyrgos, thanks to the Company ‘’Norton Rose Fulbright Greece’’ (year: 2017).

- The General Hospital of Livadeia, thanks to the Company MYTILINEOS S.A. (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Larissa, thanks to the “Friends of Pediatric Trauma Care”, MYTILINEOS S.A., PAPAPOSTOLOU N. S.A., DRAEGER HELLAS, SIGMA MEDICAL, KOTSOVOLOS and the “Théâtre Grec de Genève”. (year: 2018).

- The University General Hospital ''ATTIKON'', thanks to the “OTE Group of Companies” (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Karditsa, thanks to ‘’VISA’’ (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Trikala, thanks to ‘’VISA’’ (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Chania “St. George”, thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital of Rethymno, thanks to the ‘’OTE Group of Companies’’ (year: 2018).

- The University General Hospital of Ioannina, thanks to the Company MYTILINEOS S.A. (year: 2018).

- The General Hospital – Health Center of Filiates (year: 2018).

• Paediatric Departments: We have upgraded 19.

• Paediatric Clinics: We have upgraded 6.

• Intensive Care Units / Neonatal Units Level II: We have upgraded 3.

• We have offered 777 machines and equipment to the Hospitals’ Paediatric Departments. 

The total cost of our project from 2010 up to the present date comes to € 2.028.060.

Our future goals are the following:

- To create Trauma Centers and to equip the Health Centers at:

1) General Hospital of Tripolis
2) General Hospital of Kefalonia

-  To finance the seminars where specialized doctors train surgeons, doctors, nurses, and Ambulance Paramedics on how to help the injured children the fastest and best way possible.

- To continue educating children, parents and teachers on trauma prevention.

If you wish to join or support our project by making a donation, please contact us at the numbers       210 - 6741933 & 210 - 6740118 or by sending email to info@pedtrauma.gr.
                                                        
Our work seems to be growing daily as more and more Hospitals request our help. The situation in the Greek Paediatric Hospitals, though better than a few years ago, is still pretty dire. 

Board of Directors:

Natasha Clive-Vrecossis,  President 
Michalis Sarris, MD (Paediatrician-neonatologist),  Vice President
Maria Sofianopoulou,  General Secretary 
Olympia Pliatsikouri,  Treasurer 
George-Ippokratis Klimis,  Member

Special Advisors:

Emeritus Professor George Chroussos, Emeritus Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, 
Professor Panagiotis Spiridis (Director of the Paediatric Medical Center in Maroussi)
Professor George Briassoulis, Professor School of Health Sciences, University of Crete (Director of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the ‘’PAGNI’’ University General Hospital of Irakleion)
Assistant Professor Athanasios Kaditis, (Assistant Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Pulmonology in the 1st Paediatric Clinic of Athens University Hospital “Aghia Sophia”)
Assistant Professor Panagiotis Agouridakis (Director of the Trauma Center in the ‘’PAGNI’’ University General Hospital of Irakleion)
Mr. Constantinos Velaoras, MD (Paediatric Surgeon in Pentelis Children's Hospital), 
Mr. George Spyridis, MD (Paediatric Surgeon in "Aglaia Kyriakou" Children's Hospital),
Mrs. Aristea Patsoura, MD (PICU Consultant in "Aglaia Kyriakou" Children's Hospital) 
Mr. Dimitrios Pyrros, MD (Director of the Ambulance Medical Services, ‘’EKAV’’)
Mr. George Triantos, MD, PhD, Surgeon Director  Coordinator Director of Emergency Department, General Hospital Rhodes
Mrs. Maria Pavlidou, (Director of the Paediatric Department at Karpenisi General Hospital)
Mrs Despoina Iordanidou, (Paediatric Anesthetist Consultant G.H. Thessaloniki Hippokrateio Senior Instructor- Course Director of Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course (APLS) of Northern Greece.