Introducing Evie the Elephant
12 September 2018
Evie the Elephant joined the South Thames Retrieval Service in November 2016.
She is a wonderful little elephant who not only makes the children smile once they are feeling better but also helps to hold the very important breathing equipment needed to keep the children alive whilst they are in the paediatric intensive care unit.
When babies or children become seriously unwell in their local hospital, they may need to be transferred to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) sends a highly skilled medical team to help the local hospital to stabilise the patient and transfer them to the nearest PICU in South London.
During the transfer, the medical team needs to watch the patient's breathing pattern very carefully. However, this means the heated ventilator tubing would lie on the young patient’s skin and could cause damage. So Evie the Elephant has come to the rescue! Her long trunk is specially designed to hold the tubing and prevent it from causing damage to their skin. Once the children and babies are better, they can keep the soft little elephant as a souvenir of their stay in the PICU.
Not only were the elephants bought with money fundraised for Evelina London, but the parents are also provided with an emergency wash pack containing shower gel, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste. The simple packs can make a big difference to the parents, whose main concern is their child.
The South Thames Retrieval Service transfers over 950 critically unwell children and babies to a PICU every year.