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Airway Obstructions Have High Death Rate for Young Children, According to New Research from Children's National Medical Center
Date:4/20/2010

Researchers at Children’s National Medical Center say prevention is key

Washington, DC (Vocus) April 20, 2010 -- Though airway obstructions in young children occur less often than other types of injuries, the death rate is higher, according to new research from Children’s National Medical Center. The findings are published in the April issue of Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, an affiliate of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


   
The study, led by pediatric otolargyngologists Sukgi Choi, MD, and Rahul Shah, MD, found that airway obstructions in young children had a low incidence but a 3.4 percent mortality rate. The team compiled the information from a national database of children’s hospitalizations in 2003, which consisted of nearly 3,000 hospitalizations for airway obstructions.

“These findings are concerning and speak to the need for better education to prevent these airway obstructions from occurring,” said Dr. Choi. “Our hope is to prevent these injuries from occurring.”

Children’s National Medical Center offers the following tips to minimize choking hazards:
o   Supervise all meals and have children eat at the table or in a high chair.
o   Small foods, such as grapes and hot dogs, should be
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