In recognition of National Heatstroke Prevention Day on July 31, members of the public joined Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and Safe Kids New Jersey, led by Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, for "Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car: Preventing Heatstroke in Cars," an event and demonstration to illustrate how quickly temperatures rise in a vehicle during the hot summer months.
The demonstration included an actual 911 audio recording and a parking lot demonstration with the Long Branch Police of how quickly the temperature rises inside a parked car.
"On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside of a car can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and keep getting hotter with each passing minute. Because of this, heatstroke can happen faster than you think," said Renuka Verma, M.D., program, director, Pediatric Residency Program, The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. "In the past 15 years, more than 606 children across the United States have died from heatstroke when in a vehicle. It's heartbreaking and it doesn't have to happen. These tragedies are 100 percent preventable and The Unterberg Children's Hospital, Safe Kids and Long Branch Law Enforcement want to help."
According to Dr. Verma, a child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's, making them more susceptible to heatstroke. When a child's internal temperature reaches 104 degrees, major organs begin to shut down and when temperature reaches 107 degrees, the child can die.
"Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car: Preventing Heatstroke in Cars" was presented as part of the Safe Kids Worldwide campaign to keep children safe in and around cars.
Safe Kids Worldwide, whose Founding Sponsor is Johnson & Johnson, works to prevent unintentional childhood accidents and injuries, the No. 1 cause of death for children in the United States. The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center Leads the Monmouth County Safe Kids Coalition.
For more information about The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/uch.
PHOTO: Renuka Verma, M.D., program director, Pediatric Residency Program, The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center; Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini; Victor Alemeida, D.O., chair, Emergency Medicine, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus; and Carol Ann Giardelli, M. Ed., director, Safe Kids New Jersey.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.