Primary Children’s Hospital to support National Spin to Save Kids! Challenge

Feb 21, 2023, 3:00 PM

Primary Children's telehealth program...

A new telehealth program at Primary Children's Hospital will help keep NICU babies closer to home. The program began during the pandemic. A view of Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. (Courtesy Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital)

(Courtesy Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital)

SALT LAKE CITY — Primary Children’s Hospital is participating in the Spin to Save Kids! Challenge, organized by the Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children, I-ACT, this week. 

Salt Lake City doctors and other University of Utah Children’s Hospital staff are heading to the mountains this week to mountain bike, ski, skate and more — all for a cause.

The spin challenge aims to bring attention to the disparities and inequities in children’s pharmaceutical development.

Those who participate select or invent a way to spin. Then, they record themselves for seven to 10 seconds, make a donation and forward the challenge to family and/or friends. 

Doctors and staff will post videos of themselves spinning on various platforms to help raise awareness, according to a press release from I-ACT.

According to the I-ACT webpage,  donations help improve children’s clinical trials to protect kids. 

“Over 75% of the children I care for in the Pediatric ICU are prescribed at least one drug that the FDA does not approve for use in children. That does not mean we do not have any experience using these drugs – we do – but it means no one has done the rigorous studies of dosing, safety, and efficacy that FDA requires,” said Kevin Watt, MD, PhD., who is the chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Pediatrics at Primary Children’s Hospital.

The challenge lasts through March of this year. For more information, click here

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Primary Children’s Hospital to support National Spin to Save Kids! Challenge