Nebraska Injury Prevention and Control News
   Issue #81                                                                      April 2018
In the News
2018 Poison Prevention Week Poster Contest Winner
The Nebraska Regional Poison Center announced the winner of the 2018 Poison Prevention Week poster contest and the winner is Alex Martin from Grand Island, Nebraska.
Medical Costs of Fatal and Nonfatal Falls in Older Adults
A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) found that in 2015, the estimated medical costs attributable to falls in adults aged 65 and older was approximately $50 billion. 
The article, “ Medical Costs of Fatal and Nonfatal Falls in Older Adults ,” found that for nonfatal falls, 75% of the costs of older adult falls was paid by government – funded programs. Medicare paid approximately $29 billion, Medicaid $9 billion, and private and other payers, $12 billion. Overall medical spending for fatal falls was estimated to be $754 million in 2015.
Rear Crash Prevention Ratings Aim to Cut Parking Lot Collisions
Parking crashes usually don't result in serious injuries, but repair costs can quickly mount, along with the hassle of going without the family vehicle while waiting for the body shop to finish work. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has launched a rear crash prevention ratings program to help consumers identify models with the technology that can prevent or mitigate low-speed backing crashes.
Upcoming Events
Child Passenger Safety Technician Trainings

Omaha, April 24-26

Nebraska City, May 2-4

Lincoln, June 6-8

Lincoln, August 1-4

Scottsbluff, October

Get help at the links below.
Safe Kids Nebraska
How Your Young Athlete Can Avoid Overuse Injuries
New child passenger safety law in Nebraska starts January 1, 2019

New Law Following Passage of LB42
(effective January 1, 2019)
All children up to age eight must ride correctly secured in a federally-approved car seat or belt positioning booster seat.
Children ride rear-facing until up to age two or until they reach the upper weight or height limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer.
Children under age eight must ride in the back seat, as long as there is a back seat equipped with a seat belt and is not already occupied by other children under eight years of age.
Children ages eight to eighteen must ride securely in a seat belt or child safety seat (car seat or belt positioning booster seat).
Motor Vehicle Safety
Drowsy Driving: Don’t Be Asleep at the Wheel
The most in-depth drowsy driving research ever conducted in the U.S. using footage of everyday drivers found that the percentage of crashes involving drowsiness is nearly eight times higher than federal estimates indicate, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The difficulty in detecting drowsiness following a crash makes drowsy driving one of the most underreported traffic safety issues. The new research provides an unprecedented analysis of in-vehicle dashcam video from more than 700 crashes, confirming that the danger of drowsy driving soars above official estimates.
PEAK Enforcement Kit
The 2018 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 14 - June 3, 2018

This Products for Enforcement Action Kit (PEAK) will help rally your officers and alert the public to prepare for maximum high-visibility seat belt enforcement in your community.

Use these materials to create a safety campaign emphasizing the use of seat belts in your community. This mobilization was created to crack down on violators 24-7, but a strong enforcement effort is urged between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. due to the significant number of violators and fatal crashes during this time.
 Older Adult Falls 
Stepping On Leader Training
Eight new Stepping On - Building Confidence and Reducing Falls facilitators were certified following a three-day training at the Downtown Lincoln Senior Center on March 6, 7 and 8. These energetic and dedicated individuals returned to the Gothenburg, Norfolk, McCook, Scottsbluff, North Platte, and Neligh areas ready to get important fall prevention information out to people in their communities. We now have more than fifty trained Stepping On facilitators throughout Nebraska. For more information about Stepping On contact Peggy Apthorpe at Aging Partners .
The Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children: Opportunities for Action 
A recent CDC report describes the public health burden of TBI in children and adolescents, including the range of outcomes that may be experienced following a TBI. In addition, the report lays out the current systems involved in the management of children with TBI, identifies gaps that exist, and outlines some practices that hold promise in addressing those gaps. Finally, opportunities for action are offered that suggest ways to improve TBI care in children, and how we might advance our understanding of TBI care in the future. 
Prescription Drug Overdose
CDC Vital Signs March 2018 Release: Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Department
The new CDC Vital Signs  reports on the increasing number of emergency department (ED) visits for opioid overdoses across the United States between July 2016 and September 2017. Data from CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) BioSense platform in 52 jurisdictions in 45 states showed opioid overdose rates increased 30%.
White House Opioid Initiative
President Trump announced a new Initiative to address the ongoing opioid crisis. The Opioid Initiative will address factors fueling the epidemic, including drug supplies, over-prescription, and insufficient access to evidence-based treatment, primary prevention, and recovery support services. In addition to the new Opioid Initiative, the  Crisis Next Door  website was launched. There Americans can share their personal stories about opioid addiction and recovery.

With the weather warming up, it is a great time to get that old bike out of the shed and go for a ride! Bicycling can be a fun and relaxing way to get out and exercise with the whole family. As fun as bicycling is, it is important to practice simple safety tips every time you or your family rides. According to the CDC, in 2015 more than 1,000 bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries.    

By following these quick tips you can make each and every ride safe and fun!

  • Wear a bicycle helmet – everyone at every age should wear a bicycle helmet
  • Check your equipment – make sure your tires are properly inflated and all reflectors are intact
  • See and be seen – even in the daytime wear neon or other bright colors 
  • Go with the traffic flow – ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles
  • Be predictable – Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others 

For more information and fun resources to teach kids about bicycle safety visit: 

For more information about the Nebraska Statewide Trauma System or for questions please contact: Clay Jordan, RN, NRP, Trauma Nurse Specialist, DHHS Office of Emergency Health Systems at or 402-289-7431.
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Contact Information

Peg Ogea-Ginsburg, MA         
Injury Prevention Program Coordinator  

Jason Kerkman, MPH 
Safe Kids Nebraska Coordinator 

Amy Reynoldson
Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Coordinator

Jeanne Bietz, MA 
Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator

Ashley Newmyer, MPH, CPH
Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator

Felicia Quintana-Zinn, MS, MBA
Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Epidemiologist

Celeste Illian, MPH                        
Crash Outcome Data Evaluation Data Analyst  
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