Injury Prevention

You Make the Call! Harnessing positive peer pressure to promote bike helmet use

Leticia Manning Ryan, MD MPH Eileen McDonald, MS We read with great interest the wise words of Arenal Haut, author of “Trauma Awareness Month: Thoughts from the Child of a Trauma Surgeon” in her outstanding blog post highlighting May as trauma awareness month. It reminded us of how children and adolescents can be powerful advocates … Continued

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Fireworks Safety

Did you know that in the United States, more than 3,000 children, under the age of 15, are rushed to the emergency room each year due to firework related injuries? Over 85% of firework injuries occur between the months of June and July. It’s that time of year, where families and friends are getting together … Continued

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Stay At Home Safety Tips for Kids

Keeping Injuries At Bay During Play Does your child’s helmet fit correctly? Follow these tips! EYES: position and level the helmet on your head, the helmet rim should be one or two finger-widths above your eyebrows. EARS: make sure the straps make a “V” around your ears when buckled. MOUTH: tighten straps so that the … Continued

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Health and Wellness For Our Older Population

The first day of fall marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Falls are the leading cause of injury related emergency department (ED) visits for older adults, the major cause of hip fractures, and responsible for more than half of fatal head injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3 million older persons … Continued

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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness Disaster preparedness is a misleading concept. No organization is ever truly prepared for a disaster event. Most preparedness activities are directed toward what is known as an “All Hazards” concept. It is extremely difficult to plan for every possible type of event that could impact a community. An All Hazards Emergency Plan provides … Continued

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