Q & A with Charles Wooley RNIII (Paramedic OutreACH Program Coordinator)

Charles Wooley is the Paramedic OutreACH Coordinator for the Emergency Department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He will be teaching the Pediatric Stroke OutreACH Education Program, and he was gracious enough to answer some questions for us about OutreACH and Bellaflies’ donation to the program. 

What is the OutreACH Education Program?  Outreach Education is a based on two things Support and Recognition. At Arkansas Children’s Hospital we feel a massive responsibility to our patients. We want to support our patients from the scene all the way through their stay. This means that we support first responders, school nurses, EMS, and adult hospitals or who ever is treating our patients. One of the ways we offer this support is by teaching recognition. We teach pattern recognition. This is a highlight of all the major childhood emergencies. We use Videos and Lecture as well as hands on Simulation. We measure comfort level before and after the class and we have seen positive results! 

As a paramedic, what do you think is the single most important thing about the OutreACH Education program? The most important part from a Paramedic point of view is recognition. This is what we focus on! We strive to point out signs and symptoms that will direct providers to an early diagnosis. This will lead to early treatment and possibly save lives. 

What role do you see Bellaflies fulfilling? Bellaflies has opened my eyes to pediatric strokes. This revelation combined with the story of Bella has spurred myself into action. We are teaching stroke recognition all over the state. We are also telling a story about a kid that we missed all the warning signs. This is treatment changing information.

 Do you think that pediatric strokes would have been taught about as much without the donation?  I know that Pediatric stroke would not have been taught as much. This all changed when I learned about Bella and her story.

How impactful do you foresee the pediatric stroke lesson?  Pediatric strokes are in the top 10 reasons kids die. This has to be one of the most under taught subjects. I foresee a huge increase in awareness at least here in our state. I am confident in saying the providers we reach will rule out stroke when treating altered children.

To support this life saving education please register for Strides for Strokes 2017! 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Pediatric Stroke OutreACH Education Program. SFS is extremely family friendly, and if you cannot attend the event you can register as a virtual runner and we will ship the T-shirt to you!

REGISTER FOR SFS 2017 HERE

LEARN MORE ABOUT SFS 2017 HERE

 

Bellaflies funds testing for previously undetectable virus

We are thrilled to announce that our 2013 donation to Arkansas Children’s Hospital was extremely successful! As a direct result of your support, ACH is now able to detect a whole new genus of viruses, called parechoviruses. We can’t stress how important the impact of this work is. Prior to this grant, this virus was previously undetectable at ACH. Now that they are able to identify this genus of viruses, doctors and researchers will be able to report on the these viruses for the entire state of Arkansas and the surrounding region, contributing to an even greater understanding of these issues at a national level. Dr. Romero, Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Director, Clinical Trial Research , says he plans to use this data to improve long-term outcomes in children. We could not be more pleased with the direction that he is taking with this exciting new testing!

Here is a little bit about what a parechovirus or human parechovirus (HPeV) is. HPeV is divided into 2 species, A and B, and A consists of 16 different types.  HPeV infections are a frequent cause of infection in childhood. The clinical presentation is diverse, and varies from mild gastrointestinal infections to more severe diseases like meningitis and sepsis leading to mortality.

Cerebrospinal fluid, blood and feces have the highest sensitivity for detecting HPeV. After a primary HPeV infection, there is still a possibility of viral shedding in the feces and respiratory system for several weeks. Although, HPeV is a frequent cause of serious infection in children, there are limited tools available to fight these viruses. There is no treatment for HPeV infections, and little is known about the long-term prognosis of HPeV infections. (Information is from the National Institutes of Health)

If you have supported The Bellaflies Foundation this victory is yours! Your dedication to Making a Positive is improving and saving lives, and that is what Bella’s foundation is all about!

 

Support ACH = Donate to B3

We are now collecting items for our 4th Annual B3 benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital! Every year our donation has grown, and ACH is incredibly grateful! Each item is not only wanted, but very much needed. B3 is such a wonderful way to Make a Positive and get your children involved! Please feel free to pass on all B3 information, and take up your own collection at your place of business, school, church group, etc.

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Books, Barbies, and ‘bots

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This is one of our favorite donation drives because we know just how important smiles and happiness can be to healing. Please help us continue Bella’s legacy of kindness by donating a NEW toy to Bellaflies so we can provide smiles this holiday season to children at ACH! Its such a great way to get your children involved and teach them all about Making a Positive!