It Only Takes a Moment...

More than 20,000 emergency room visits in 2010 involved televisions and/or furniture falling over onto children.  The number of deaths due to televisions tipping over varies, but recently has been nearly 20 deaths per year.  While this type of injury can result in broken bones or even death, but head injuries are most common.  Young children are at an increased risk for serious injuries because they do not recognize the danger and do not have the reflexes to move out of harm's way in time.  Children are also prone to this type of injury because they are frequently left alone in rooms with televisions.  In modern times, televisions are larger, frequently not secured and often placed on furniture not designed to handle such weight and size such as a dresser or cabinet.

Injury Prevention Tips:

  • Place TVs on furniture or mounts designed for TV storage rather than dressers or cabinets. Dresser drawers can be used for climbing,
  • Place TVs low to the ground and toward the back of the cabinet or enclosure
  • Do not place remote controls, toys, or other enticing objects on top of or near TVs 
  • Use furniture straps to secure TVs to furniture or walls
  • Know the weight of your TV prior to purchasing straps, to ensure that the correct size  is purchased.
  • Use furniture straps to secure entertainment centers, dressers, and other furniture to the walls. 

*Source:  Consumer Product Safety Commission

Partners in Prevention

School Bus Drivers' Safety Workshop

On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, a school bus drivers' safety workshop was held at the Northwest Arkansas Education Cooperative.  School bus drivers from 19 counties across Northwest Arkansas attended the three hour workshop that included presentations from members of the Statewide Injury Prevention Program (SIPP).  The SIPP staff provided information on school bus safety, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and bullying prevention.   Amy Witherow, Motor Vehicle Safety Project Analyst, presented on "What Makes A School Bus Safe," vehicle occupant protection, and laws related to school bus drivers.  Layce Vance, Recreational Safety Project Analyst, discussed bike and pedestrian safety in school zones, and Nichetra Magee, Intentional Injury Project Analyst, presented on bullying in schools. 

Motor Vehicle Safety - Drive Smart Challenge

The Drive Smart Challenge is a student led program aimed at increasing seat belt use and decreasing cell phone use among teenage drivers.  The Challenge in Northwest Arkansas lasted 6 weeks, from September to November. The schools were Bergman High, Harrison High, Flippin High and Yellville-Summit High.

We are excited to say that each school had at LEAST an 11% improvement in seat belt use!

The winners are:

School with the best overall seat belt use: Harrison High School 83%

School with the most improved seat belt use: Flippin High School 30%

School with the most decreased driver cell phone use: Flippin High School 8% decrease

School with lowest driver cell phone use: Yellville-Summit High School 3% use

The Drive Smart Challenge in Southeast Arkansas lasted 4 weeks, from September to October. The schools were Monticello, Drew Central, and Hamburg High Schools.

We are excited to say that each school had at LEAST a 9% improvement in seat belt use!

The winners are:

School with the best overall seat belt use: Monticello High School 63%

School with the most improved seat belt use: Hamburg High School 31% Increase

School with the most decreased driver cell phone use: Monticello High School 0.9% Decrease

School with lowest driver cell phone use: Monticello High School 3% Usage

When Considering Purchasing a Car for a Teenager...

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, "to determine crashworthiness - how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash - the Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. To earn Top Safety Pick for 2011 a vehicle must have good ratings in all four Institute tests. In addition, the winning vehicles must offer electronic stability control."  To view more information, visit www.iihs.org.

Recreational Safety on Location in Independence County

The first local celebration of National Rural Health Day took place Thursday, November 17, 2011. The purpose of National Rural Health Day was to highlight rural communities as wonderful places to live and work and to increase awareness of rural health-related issues. The celebration further served as an opportunity to accent the public library as a resource for health information.

Approximately 62 million people - one in five Americans - live in rural areas. According to the Rural Assistance Center, two in five Arkansans live in rural areas.  The Independence County Library, North Central Area Health Education Center (AHEC-NC), Independence County HHI Wellness Coalition, and Ozark Foothills Literacy Project  presented the First Annual National Rural Health Day Celebration in Batesville. Open to the public, the event included door prizes, activities for children, presentations, and a rich assortment of local health resources.

National Rural Health Day is important because it provides an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge health issues of people who live and work in rural areas. Rural health care providers play an essential role in bringing local access to vital primary care services, in addition to the positive economic contributions they make to their local communities.

To learn more about National Rural Health Day and ways you can get involved, visit www.ruralhealth.und.edu/ruralhealthday or www.celebratepowerofrural.org.

Participants Needed for Research

The Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute is looking for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18, who smoke cigarettes, use alcohol, or marijuana.  The adolescent substance use study last for 7 weeks.  The goal of the study is to improve memory in the active training group.

Compensation is provided. To learn more, call the Psychiatric Research Institute at (501) 526-8466.

Do you ride an ATV?  We need your input! 

Dr. James Graham at UAMS and Arkansas Children's Hospital is conducting a series of group discussions about ATV safety.  Youth ages 12-18 and adults who have ridden an ATV in the last 12 months are needed to express their opinions about ATV safety and helmet use.  Group discussions will last approximately 2 hours and a meal will be provided.  All participants will be compensated for their time!  If you would like to join our group discussion, please call Hope Mullins at 501-364-4932.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Grandmothers Needed for Survey About Infant Safety - through December 31

Are you an Arkansas grandmother between 30 and 70 years old?  Do you take care of a grandchild under six (6) months old, at least once a week?  If so, you may be eligible to participate in a short survey about infant safety.  The goal of the study is to improve interventions related to infant safety.  You will be compensated for your time.  To learn more, call the Injury Prevention Center at (501) 364-3414, or follow this link: https://base.uams.edu/redcap/surveys/index.php?s=Z8pFne

Studies to Focus on Teens and Infant Safety

The IPC is engaged in various stages of planning for research studies to focus on safety of infants born to teen mothers.  If your organization works with teen mothers and you would like more information about how to get involved in this work, contact Alison Rose at roseblissa@uams.edu or (501) 364-3414. 

New AAP Policy on Safe Sleep for Infants

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a new policy statement regarding safe sleep for infants.  The updated Policy Statement and accompanying Technical Report uphold previous recommendations to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and offer new recommendations aimed at preventing a variety of sleep-related infant deaths.  Download the new recommendations at these links:

Policy Statement - http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/pediatrics;128/5/1030?rss=1

Technical Report - http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/pediatrics;128/5/e1341?rss=1

Training for Safety Baby Shower Educators

The Injury Prevention Center and the Statewide Injury Prevention Program are currently planning for the next offering of Special Delivery: Training of Trainers for Safety Baby Showers.  To determine the best dates and location for this training, please let us know your interest.  Contact Megan Frederick-Usoh ( mfrederickusoh@uams.edu) or Alison Rose ( roseblissa@uams.edu) to learn more and/or to express your interest in attending this session.

Safety Kiosk Interface Available Online

The IPC recently launched a new tool to help families identify and address safety concerns.  The online version of the "Safety Kiosk" is available at http://www.ach.advancedkiosks.com/.  This interactive quiz inquires about families' homes, recreational activities, and motor vehicle travel.  Based upon their answers to the questions, families are encouraged to print or download a list of personalized safety tips.  Feel free to distribute the link broadly to the families you serve.

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Child Passenger Safety Technician training classes:

Jan. 25-27, 2012:  Forrest City

Mar. 7-9, 2012: Sheridan

Mar. 28-30, 2012: Mtn. View

May 30-Jun 1, 2012: Clarksville

For more information or to register, contact Holly Terry at 501-364-2478

New Resources

The Injury Prevention Center is constantly creating new safety Fact Sheets distributed in the hopes of preventing injury.  You can request a sheet(s) by following this link:  http://www.archildrens.org/Services/Injury-Prevention-Center.aspx

The following articles have recently been published with the help of [HJC1] the Injury Prevention Center faculty and staff:

Thorbole CK, Miller BK, Mullins SH, Eoff S, Graham J, Aitken ME. Development of a Detailed multi-body computational Model of an ATV to Address and Prevent Child Injuries. Proceedings of the ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition; 2011 Nov 11-17; Denver, Colorado.

Brann M, Mullins SH, Miller BK, Eoff S, Graham J, Aitken ME.  Making the message meaningful: a qualitative assessment of media promoting all-terrain vehicle safety. Inj Prev. Epub 2011 Nov 19.

Bowman SM, Aitken ME. Assessing external cause of injury coding accuracy for transport injury hospitalizations. Per Health Info Management. Fall 2001; 8:1c. Epub 2011 Oct 1.

Helmkamp JC, Marsh SM, Aitken ME. Occupational all-terrain vehicle deaths among workers 18 years and older in the United States, 1992-20007.  J Agricul Safety & Health.  2011;17(2):147-155.

Long G, Thompson TM, Storm B, Graham J. Cranial Impalement in a Child Driving an All-Terrain Vehicle. Pediatr Emer Care. 2011;27(5):409-10.