Navigation Links
Summertime or 'Trauma Season?' - Increase in Outdoor Activities Spurs Higher Risk for Child Injury
Date:5/27/2009

Experts Launch www.aftertheinjury.org to Help Parents and Kids to a Full Recovery

PHILADELPHIA, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Trauma season" is the unfortunate nickname for summertime in the nation's hospitals. Warmer weather and increased outdoor activity level brings an estimated 3 million children under the age of 15 into emergency rooms in summer due to unintentional injuries. Among the most common injuries are motor vehicle crashes, water-related accidents, pedestrian accidents, falls, dog bites and bicycle, skateboard and rollerblade incidents.

To help parents deal with kids' injuries in the summer and year-round, a team of experts at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia today launched a new website, After the Injury, at www.AfterTheInjury.org. The new site takes the best from science and practice to allow parents to watch brief videos, download tip sheets, and create a personalized care plan based on their child's individual situation. The web site was developed by a team of behavioral researchers, trauma surgeons and trauma nurses, based on nearly a decade of research on childhood injury and its emotional effect on kids and their parents.

"With all the doctors, nurses, and therapists who treat a child when he or she is first hurt, it's still parents who play the most important role in their child's physical and emotional recovery," said Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and co-developer of AfterTheInjury.org. "But often, parents are unsure of how they can best help their children adjust after they've been hurt. While it is important to tend to the wounds and rehabilitation, it is just as important to remember to look beyond the physical injuries. We created AfterTheInjury.org with the guidance of parents, to help them find the information they want, exactly when they need it."

The web site serves as a comprehensive and free resource to help parents help their kids achieve a full physical and emotional recovery, and includes expert advice on everything from how to handle a hospital visit, to cast care and pain management, to what to do if a child is having nightmares after the accident. The site addresses topics such as:

  • Injury care and pain management for children
  • How to use crutches and care for a cast
  • Caring for head and abdominal injuries
  • How to handle an emergency room visit or time in the hospital
  • How to recognize and "rate" children's emotional reactions to injury
  • How to talk with a child about an accident
  • Help for parents dealing with their own reactions to a child's injury
  • How parents and children can get back to life as usual following an injury or accident

"In the first few days after an injury or accident, many children feel a little upset, jumpy or worried. Parents might notice that their child seems upset when something reminds them of a scary part of what happened. Most kids do fine, and these emotional reactions usually start to get better within a few weeks," said Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD, associate director for Behavioral Research at The Center for Injury Research and Prevention. "We designed AfterTheInjury.org to help parents know what to expect, get tips for how to help their child, and how to find additional help if they need it."

The new web site offers parents easy access to credible information, tips, and practical tools to help support their children's emotional recovery. The Web Marketing Association recently presented a 2008 Web Award for Outstanding Achievement in Website Development to the site. For more information about emotional reactions to injury or to download resources and tip sheets, visit www.AfterTheInjury.org.

About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking second in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 430-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.

    CONTACT:    Dana Mortensen
                The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
                (267)426-6092
                mortensen@email.chop.edu


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Wholly Guacamole Quick & Nutritious Entertaining Tips Offer Skinny Dippin, Zesty Grillin and Summertime Freedom for All
2. A Womans Summertime Guide to Healthy Living From Head-to-Toe
3. Returning War Veterans: Challenges in Continuing Mental Health Care After Military and Civilian Trauma
4. Physician Assistants Integral to Care for Military Members and Their Families Coping With the Trauma of War
5. UCLA study shows traumatic brain injury haunts children for years
6. Trauma experienced by a mother even before pregnancy will influence her offsprings behavior
7. Traumatic brain injury haunts children for years with variety of functional problems: Two studies
8. Video: Turning Hope Into Reality - Traumatic Brain Injury Research at the VA
9. HJF publishes handbook on managing pain of battlefield trauma
10. Treating sleep disorders in people with traumatic brain injury may not eliminate symptoms
11. Hahnemann COO Elected to the Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation Board
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 10, 2016 , ... Early this week, Team Iconic at J. Walter Thompson ... as the first global confectionery brand sourced from 100% sustainable cocoa. , The Nestlé ... their product, through activities that focus on better farming, better lives and better cocoa. ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... ... As part of its ongoing series of aquatic therapy related webinars, HydroWorx ... dynamic expert and thoughtful presentation to give attendees a better sense of how to ... free to attend, but registration is required. , Rehabilitation of Offensive Lineman ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Emergency rooms provide emergency ... find. Unfortunately, this can leave patients with dental emergencies at risk of losing a ... offering emergency dental care. , Common dental emergencies include:, , ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... will bring together more than 200 of the country’s top healthcare executives to ... , “The true benefit of the Forum is the provider-centric perspective, experience, expertise ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... AHRA: ... winner and inspirational speaker Jan Fox will serve as keynote speaker at the ... provide participants with tools to more effectively communicate with their own organizational staff ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... 10, 2016  Rich Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTC Markets: RCHA) ... reverse split of its issued and outstanding shares of ... Thursday, February 11, 2016. The Company,s common stock will ... 76303T308 and temporary ticker symbol "RCHAD". After 20 trading ... ticker symbol (RCHA).  --> ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... 2016  Oxis International Inc. (OTC/QB: OXIS) announced today ... as a "clinical trial triumph" after one of the ... cancer remission. Daniel Vallera , a ... Center. --> Daniel Vallera , a ... Center. --> An article on the ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Feb. 10, 2016  The ALS Association, in partnership with ... Challenge to generate a biomarker to track TDP43 aggregation. The ... to a $1 million investment. --> ... that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal ... and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: