Happy 4 Year Bloggiversary Pediatric Safety!!

Last updated on March 2nd, 2018 at 04:07 pm

Happy Birthday PedSafeWe can’t believe it’s been four years since the launch of Pediatric Safety. We started out as this little site on blogger with these huge dreams of raising awareness of the dangers little kids faced when being transported on ambulances. Because there was no way to safely secure them, we had 1.8 million children under 5 years old being transported each year by ambulances; over 5 thousand ambulance crashes a year; resulting in an average of 4 child fatalities per year. And no-one knew about this or talked about this – unless they were involved in emergency services. Most parents had no idea…after all, who was going to tell them it wasn’t safe?

So we started PedSafe to tell this story…to raise awareness, gather some momentum for change and hopefully start saving some kids lives! It didn’t take long to realize that we couldn’t do it on our own. We’d have to go out and look for support and ask all the people who care– the parents and doctors and nurses and emergency responders and teachers…basically everyone who cares about kids – for help. And as we started talking and tweeting and looking for help we realized there was a whole world of child health and safety issues that people wanted and needed to talk about – needed to depend on each other to support them through – and if we worked together, we could make this into something so much more than where we started.

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And so, on July 17, 2009 Pediatric Safety was born – a community for everyone who cares about the health and safety of kids. We created an Awareness section to communicate the latest news; a Community area with a forum where folks can get together, exchange stories and ask questions; an Innovations section where some very creative parents and caregivers could show off the inventions they created to keep kids healthy and safe…and an Involvement section where our cause – ANSR for Kids (Ambulances Need Safety Regulations) – could find a home.

Since our launch, we’ve had the fortune to meet and work with some wonderful folks – a pediatrician, a nurse and child safety expert, a family psychologist, a water safety specialist, a family dentist, an EMS safety specialist and a special needs parenting expert – all of whom volunteered their time to help make this site a community where you can find answers and hopefully give answers to others when they need them. Together we’ve shared over seven hundred posts and eight thousand tweets about child health and safety. At its heart, Pediatric Safety is a place where people can support each other – the village needed to raise a child. If we’ve been able to accomplish even a little of that, then this has been 4 years well spent.

So…in honor of these 4 years together, we’re going to publish 4 of our favorite posts from the past – one each Friday – for the next 4 weeks. Thank you friends – for taking this journey with us!  And please, if there’s something more we can be doing for you going forward, let us know. We look forward to sharing the days ahead.

With love and gratitude,

Stefanie and Audra

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5 Responses to “Happy 4 Year Bloggiversary Pediatric Safety!!”

  1. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Tweeted it!!!

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