Nebraska Injury Prevention and Control News
    Issue #61                                                    August 2016
Injury Prevention in the News
  Prescription pain killer addiction
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports half of all fatal opioid overdoses involve a prescription. For every opioid overdose death, experts estimate nearly 130 people abuse or have a dependency on these drugs. Hear more from physicians on the role they and patients play in this epidemic on  KGIN.
Help Us STOP Sexual Violence
The CDC has released a new program aimed at preventing sexual violence. The program is titled STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence.
  • About 1 in 5 women have experienced rape or attempted rape. About 1 in 15 men have been made to penetrate someone else.
  • Sexual violence prevention is possible. Decades of research have taught us what works to prevent it.
  • CDC released STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence to help states and communities prioritize efforts to prevent sexual violence.
An infographic can be found here.
Upcoming Events
Child Passenger Safety Technician Training in Nebraska  

Remaining 2016 class date for Nebraska:

August 30 - Sept 1, Hastings

Registration is now open.

To register for classes or for more information about becoming a CPST go to the Safe Kids Nebraska website.

Safe Kids Nebraska
Back to School Safety

It is time for school to start again. The National Safety Council offers a wide variety of back to school safety tips from school bus safety to back pack safety. To access these great resources, visit the National Safety Council's website.

A Safe Walk to School

It is that time of the year again. Those yellow No. 2 pencils are freshly sharpened, folders with the edges still crisp and tidy are placed in newly purchased backpacks; the kids are going back to school. Many of these children will be walking to school. Did you know that unintentional pedestrian injuries is the fifth leading cause of injury related death for children ages 5 to 19 in the US? Today, teens face a higher risk of injury and account for half of all child pedestrian deaths. Here are a few tips on how you can keep kids safe as they begrudgingly walk to school.

School Bus Safety

As we begin the school year one of the most popular modes of transportation for students is the school bus. Not only is the school bus a popular mode of transportation, it is also the safest way to get kids to and from school. However, injuries can occur when students are getting on or off the bus. Take a moment to read through a few school bus safety tips for both kids and drivers.

Want more tips about how to keep your kids safe on or around school buses? Read more from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Motor Vehicle Safety
Teens in the Driver Seat
The new school year is upon us and we are looking for schools that want to make a difference in their community and save teen driver lives. The Teens in the Driver Seat program is available to Nebraska schools passionate about keeping teens safe at the wheel. 
Teens in the Driver Seat® is a teen peer-to-peer education that focuses solely on the five major risks to teen drivers: alcohol, driving at night/fatigue, speeding/racing, distractions (cell phone use, texting, and passengers) and not wearing a seat belt. Teens, along with a sponsor, help shape the program and are responsible for implementing it.

For more information or to apply, visit the Nebraska Injury Prevention webpage or contact Jeanne Bietz at 402-471-0361 or
Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths: How is the US doing?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new Vital Signs report comparing the United States to other developed countries on motor vehicle related deaths. The report and downloadable materials can be found on the  CDC Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths website.
Older Adult Falls
What Conditions Make You More Likely to Fall?

Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. They include:

  • Lower body weakness
  • Vitamin D deficiency (that is, not enough vitamin D in your system)
  • Difficulties with walking and balance
  • Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
  • Vision problems
  • Foot pain or poor footwear
  • Home hazards or dangers such as
    • broken or uneven steps,
    • throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over, and
    • no handrails along stairs or in the bathroom.

Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.

Healthcare providers can help cut down a person’s risk by reducing the fall risk factors listed above.

For more information on fall prevention, visit the CDC website.

More Children Are Suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries at the Playground, Study Says
Research from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the CDC has found a there is a substantial gap in how the United States estimates pediatric concussions. The study found that four in five children were diagnosed at a primary care practice, not the emergency room. It also found that one third of the diagnosed concussions occurred in children under age 12; this population is missed by existing surveillance systems that focus on high school athletes. 
Currently many counts of concussion injury are based on emergency department visits or organized high school and college athletics data.

The press release is available here.
An infographic can be viewed here.
Infographic: Preventing Concussions in Sports
Ohio University has compiled an infographic to help make sense of concussion prevention in sports. The infographic includes general information about concussion, facts about both adult and child athletes, technology in concussion prevention, tools, and more. It can be viewed online here
Prescription Drug Overdose
New Injury Prevention Staff
Felicia Quintana-Zinn, Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Epidemiologist, was born and raised in a small farming/ranching community outside of Phoenix, Arizona and has since been able to call Massachusetts, Georgia and now Nebraska home.  She is married and expecting their first child late this fall. Felicia attended the University of Arizona and received a B.S. in Microbiology and spent 7 years working in labs during high school and college.  After graduation she worked in business and finance for over 6 years and decided it was time to return to her passion of science/math and attended the University of Massachusetts for an M.S. in Epidemiology.  During her time at UMASS, she worked for the Center of Health Promotion in a brief alcohol and drug intervention program for college students.  Felicia was able to work directly with students on their alcohol and illicit drug usage on a daily basis with an emphasis on prevention and risk reduction.  She is excited to be able to use her experience in prevention and to help with the efforts of the prescription drug overdose prevention program in Nebraska.

 Nebraska is working hard to prevent prescription drug overdoses by implementing evidence based methods proven to be effective.  The Nebraska PDMP enhancement efforts are underway and will be gaining momentum as we approach the January 1, 2017 date of using the enhanced PDMP system.  A new logo has been developed to demonstrate the collaborative efforts of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII).  Other efforts include working to develop statewide pain management guidelines when prescribing opioids for chronic pain.   For more information about the prescription drug prevention efforts, feel free to contact Amy Reynoldson at or 402-471-0835.  

Opioids Linked with Deaths other than Overdoses
A new study suggests opioids may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities. The study followed patients given prescription medicine for chronic pain. The study compared patients on other types of painkillers with those on long-acting opioids. Among more than 45,000 patients, those on opioids had a 64% higher risk of dying within 6 months of starting treatment compared to patients using types of other painkillers.

The article can be found here.
  Bike Rodeos Offer Opportunities for Trauma Prevention & Education

Millions of Americans ride bicycles each year and bicycling is a fun summertime activity for people of all ages, but did you know that less than half of the cyclists wear helmets?  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, 800 bicyclists were killed and an estimated 515,000 additional injuries required emergency room care.  Nearly 26,000 of these injuries are traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents.  Wearing a properly fitting helmet reduces the chance of head injuries in bicycle accidents, however, not everyone wants to wear one.  Bike rodeos are a popular summertime injury prevention project to educate bicyclists and prevent bicycle injuries. Events like bicycle rodeos can be hard to plan without some basic knowledge of biking and what resources are available.  “

Safe Kids Nebraska” and “Safe Kids Worldwide,” (2016) are excellent resources for those who are considering planning a bicycling event.  In addition to information on how to hold an event, collaborating with community partners is an excellent way to make your event successful.  Here is a list of trauma prevention and education opportunities, offered at a recent bicycle rodeo in Nebraska:
  • Free bike registrations
  • Helmet fit testing and free helmet give away
  • Fingerprinting and identification cards for children
  • Bike safety checks
  • Bike course safety-rules of the road
  • Educational handouts on proper helmet wear/ fitting, street safety, bike/ pedestrian injuries, MVC, car seat safety
  • Appearances from helicopter and ambulance services as well as local and state police
  • Car seat checks station
  • Bike raffle to attract community participation

 Bike rodeos are fun, informative and a great event to educate your community on how to prevent bicycle injuries.  For additional information or questions, please contact Crystal Dailey RN, BSN, EMT @ or 402-722-4300. .

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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 Policy Grant Project Coordinator

Ashley Newmyer, MPH, CPH
Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator

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

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