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The Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children's is the only multi-faceted injury prevention program in Arkansas whose mission is to reduce injury, death and disability in Arkansas through service, education, innovative research and advocacy. The center's team of experts works with partners throughout the state to educate families on effective prevention strategies. It only takes only a moment to lose your life due to an injury, but it also only takes a moment to practice safety and prevention.
Injuries are a significant problem for Arkansas, especially where children are concerned. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children in the state, and our infant and child mortality rates are extremely high compared to the rest of the country. Arkansas ranks in the top five states for deaths of children 1-14 years of age and in the top 10 for teenagers 14-18 years of age. While the number of injuries and deaths vary across the state, every county in Arkansas is impacted by these events. The good news is that many of these injuries and deaths are preventable. Public education, changes in engineering and access to safety devices are a few intervention strategies designed to reduce injuries.
Evidenced-based policies that support safer choices are also critical to reduce the number and severity of injuries. By incorporating evidence-based information into policy, we can help ensure all Arkansans, including our children, remain healthy and safe.
Button batteries are about the size of a nickel and are used in TV remotes, singing cards and toys. They are small, round and flat and look harmless – but they aren’t. This type of battery, if swallowed by a child can be very dangerous. About 3,000 kids swallow button batteries a year.
Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is a term used to describe the sudden and unexpected death of a baby less than 1-year-old in which the cause was not obvious before investigation. According to the CDC, SUID includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation in a sleeping environment, and other deaths from unknown causes.