Navigation Links
Unintentional child injuries, deaths can be prevented, public health researchers say
Date:4/29/2011

COLUMBIA, Mo. Patricia Schnitzer, associate professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, says that most unintentional child injury deaths of young children result from inadequate supervision or failure to protect children from harm. Although injuries to children may be unintentional, they can be prevented and should not be considered accidents.

"Persistent references to tragic, freak, and horrible accidents indicate there is still important work needed to frame unintentional injuries as preventable," Schnitzer said. "Understanding and addressing social norms about the circumstances for child injuries such as safe sleep environments for infants and the use of car seats, helmets and other safety devices is important to creating effective prevention strategies."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 7.1 million injury-related emergency department visits are made by children younger than 15 each year. In previous research, Schnitzer found that the majority of injuries to young children are not the result of physical abuse but are rather unintentional injuries including suffocation, being burned, ingestion of harmful substances, resulting from inadequate supervision. She encourages increased awareness by health care providers, social workers and others who work with families to identify children at risk of injury and provide interventions to help parents reduce injuries.

"What we know is that child injuries can be prevented," Schnitzer said. "The importance of intervention is huge; recognizing at-risk families those with low-income or education levels, and young or single parents can help care providers take proper action. Public health professionals, social workers and other care professionals can recommend parenting services and consider making reports to social services or family support agencies if inadequate supervision is suspected."

Parents, professionals and caregivers need to work together to facilitate injury prevention with the knowledge that injuries are preventable, Schnitzer said. Efforts aimed at improving caregiver skills can reduce unintentional harm to children. Currently there are no published guidelines for child supervision, beyond recommendations for constant supervision of toddlers and infants. Schnitzer and other researchers are developing strategies to help parents realistically provide adequate supervision for their children.

Schnitzer's most recent study, "Assessment of caregiver responsibility in unintentional child injury deaths: challenges for injury prevention," included surveys of child death review team members. Child death reviews are conducted by multidisciplinary teams that share information about the circumstances of child deaths, with one goal being to prevent future deaths. Supervision levels, failure to use safety devices, intent and patterns of previous neglectful behavior influenced reviewers' assessments of caregiver responsibility for unintentional injury deaths. The findings offer insights into how child death review teams might incorporate injury prevention messages and actions more effectively.


'/>"/>

Contact: Emily Martin
MartinEm@missouri.edu
573-882-3346
University of Missouri-Columbia
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Guidance on preventing unintentional injuries to children
2. Majority of young victims of unintentional shootings shot by another youth
3. JAMA study reports on fatty liver disease in children and teens
4. Vitamin E helps diminish a type of fatty liver disease in children
5. Severity of hepatitis C and HIV co-infection in mothers contribute to HCV transmission to child
6. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with different types of obesity in black and white children
7. $4.8 million study will fight child obesity in California
8. Protein levels could signal that a child will develop diabetes
9. UCI anesthesiologist to lead study on alleviating surgical anxiety, pain in children
10. Use of topical corticosteroids in children with eczema does not have negative side effects
11. Poverty Can Hinder a Childs Cognitive Development, Study Says
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Unintentional child injuries, deaths can be prevented, public health researchers say
(Date:2/8/2016)... AUSTIN (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... Remember ... next time. , According to Perry A~, author of “Calcium Bentonite Clay” the ... a key role in balancing and detoxifying the body. , A former motivational speaker, ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... 50% lower incidence rate of type 2 diabetes in the GrassrootsHealth cohort with ... time to make a change in public health,” states Carole Baggerly, Director of ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , ... February 08, 2016 , ... Guruji Mahendra Kumar ... 10th and 11th, 2016 in honor of his birthday on February 10th. During ... Mahendra Trivedi is known by over 250,000 people from over 40 different countries ...
(Date:2/7/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 07, 2016 , ... Women's Excellence ... National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red Day is the first Friday each ... Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... 2016 , ... US Sports Camps is proud to sponsor the Bay Area ... top non-profit leaders, ultimate organizations, and coaches from around the US. The theme for ... Program Director of Youth and Education, describes this year YUCC as “an important conversation ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... 8, 2016 http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fqx6nz/global_skin ... "Global Skin Protective Equipment Market 2016-2020" report ... http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fqx6nz/global_skin ) has announced the addition of the ... report to their offering. --> ... announced the addition of the "Global Skin ...
(Date:2/8/2016)...   Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the ... the newly created role of Vice President, Head of ... two decades of leadership experience at leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, ... medical center. Most recently Dr. Yee served as VP, ... Head Medical Officer at AstraZeneca, where he led medical ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... 2016  The University of Michigan Health System in ... as part of the development of four new operating ... in the U.S. to start using new top-of-the-line neurosurgical ... chair of neurosurgery. --> Karin Muraszko ... The BrightMatter technology from Synaptive Medical – a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: