Nebraska Injury Prevention and Control News
    Issue #55                                                       February 2016
Injury Prevention in the News
Unsafe from the Start: Serious Misuse of Car Safety Seats at Newborn Discharge
The Journal of Pediatrics has released new findings that suggest most families misuse car safety seats for newborns upon discharge from the hospital. Of the 291 families that participated in the research, 95% of their safety seats were misused, with at least 1 or more errors in positioning and or instillation. Serious misuse occurred for 91% of all infants. The report can be found at
Lincoln's Protected Bike Lane Not Keeping Cars Out
In December, the city of Lincoln opened a 17 block-long protected bike lane on N street. The lane is separated from traffic by curbs and dividers, painted green, and has its own traffic signals. However, when N Street turns into two way traffic, east of 17th St., the lane becomes more confusing for drivers. To read the full article, visit the Journal Star's website.
Traffic Fatalities Up in 2015
Traffic fatalities in Nebraska were up more than 7% in 2015, compared to 2014. In 2015, 241 people died in traffic accidents compared to the 225 that died in 2014. According to Fred Zwonecheck, with the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, 76% of those killed were not using seat belts at the time of the crash. The remainder of the article is available here.
Upcoming Events
     Child Passenger Safety Technician Update  
March 21-23
Holiday Inn,
Kearney, Nebraska

Safe Travel for All Children Course March 21-22
General CPS Education Information 22-23 

More information about the update will be available soon on the  Safe Kids Nebraska website.
Nebraska Teens in the Driver Seat Summit
When: April 9, 2016, 9am to 5pm
Where: Norfolk Lifelong Learning Center

Interested in displaying your organization's traffic safety materials at the Summit? Please contact Jeanne Bietz at or 402-471-0361.

Child Passenger Safety Technician Training in Nebraska  

2016 class dates for Nebraska:

OPEN FOR REGISTRATIONMarch 30 - April 2, Scottsbluff

June, Omaha

August, Hastings

September, Lincoln

More information about the classes and becoming a CPST is available on the Safe Kids Nebraska website.
Safe Kids Nebraska
Fire Safety
February 1-7 is Burn Awareness Week. Safe Kids has released a new fire safety infographic, as well as a new video series.  

The infographic focuses on informing parents on the dangers and statistics of house fires. The video outlines how different families should approach fire safety. It gives examples of households that have members with cognitive or physical disabilities.
Changing the News With Neal McDonough: Car Safety
Safe Kids Worldwide enlisted in actor Neal McDonough for a new PSA video focusing on car safety and the importance of seat belt use. In the PSA McDonough is reading a newspaper article about two unrestrained children dying in a collision. When he looks at the article again, it states that two children survived an accident because they were buckled up. To view the video, visit Safe Kids.
Anchor It! TV Tip-over Safety
As millions will be glued to the TV for Super Bowl 50, keep in mind that TV tip overs are a hidden hazard in the home for children. A January 2015 CPSC report found that a television tipping over from an average size dresser falls with thousands of pounds of force.  The impact of a falling TV is like being caught between two NFL linemen colliding at full-speed—10 times.

So leave the  colliding to the NFL linemen and check your TV for a tip-over hazard. Go to for materials.

Motor Vehicle Safety
From Car Seat to Driver's Seat: Keeping Kids Safe
 U.S. News and World Report has released an article tracing car safety tips though a lifetime.

"The rites of passage that occur in cars are very significant: the first ride home from the hospital, the first serious date, the first solo drive. Each one signals the beginning of a new phase in life filled with great potential and promise. Each also brings a different kind of anxiety in its wake that keeps parents up at night."

Kids with ADHD May Be More Likely to Have Accident in Traffic
According to a new study children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be more likely to have accidents then crossing busy intersections on their bicycles, because they are impulsive and have trouble paying attention. "Crossing roads on a bicycle requires decision and action. What we found is children with ADHD have deficits in both areas," author Molly Nikolas said. To read the study visit
2016 Transportation Bills
 Traffic related legislative bills.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has not taken a position on these bills.   
Older Adult Falls
High Dose of Vitamin D May Hurt Seniors Instead of Help
Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests too much vitamin D is not healthy for adults over the age of 70. A higher dose of vitamin D is not only unnecessary, it increases the risk of falling in these seniors.

The full article is available here.
 No Visible Bruises: Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury 
According to an article published in The New Yorker, 50% of domestic-violence victims are strangled in the course of their relationship. Strangulation can cause brain injury, mild or traumatic, not only by cutting off oxygen to the brain but because they are often accompanied by blunt-force trauma to the head.

Unfortunately, victims of domestic violence are not routinely screened for strangulation or brain injury in emergency rooms. The victims often have poor recollections of the incidents, and are often unaware that they've lost consciousness. The full article is available here.  
Illegal Hits Play Role in Ice Hockey Concussions
Concussions in youth ice hockey are no more common than concussions in football and soccer. However, over 40% of concussions in youth ice hockey are caused by illegal hits, especially from behind. One researcher suggested teaching kids to follow the rules and better enforcing the rules are methods to reduce the probability of concussion in ice hockey.

The full study is available at
Prescription Drug Overdose
Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young White Americans
The New York Times has reported that for the first time since the Vietnam War, there is a generation that experiences higher death rates in early adulthood than the generation that preceded it. Drug overdoses are increasing the death rate of young white adults in the U.S. to levels not seen since the AIDS epidemic.

The Times analyzed 60 million death certificates collected by the CDC from 1990 to 2014, and found death rates for non-Hispanic whites either rising or flattening for all adult age groups under 65.

For a closer look at the comparison of the HIV/AIDS epidemic versus the Drug Overdose epidemic there is an interactive map available.
Prescription Drug Overdose Bill
Drug Overdose related bill
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has not taken a position on this bill.
Sledding Injuries and Prevention
In the heart of winter, sledding becomes a fun family attraction.  Did you know, that while sledding can be a fun activity for all ages, it can cause a lot of harm?  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that in 2014 there were close to 52,000 sledding, snow tubing, and tobogganing related injuries treated in emergency departments, doctor’s offices, and clinics.  According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, that is 2 billion dollars’ worth of monetary loss.  Unfortunately, the large majority of these injuries could have been prevented. Preventing these injuries should be a priority for our trauma programs and for members of our community.
How do we prevent these injuries?  Organizations such as Safe Kids World Wide and the American Academy of Pediatrics have a few suggestions.  Follow the links for more information on how to help prevent our patients from spending more time in the emergency department, and spending more time with their families, having fun.  For questions or more winter trauma prevention ideas contact Crystal Dailey RN, DHHS Trauma Nurse Specialist, 402-722-4300 or .

 Safety Observances

 Burn Awareness Week

February 1-7, 2016  

February 6, 2016

February 7, 2016

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Contact Information

Peg Ogea-Ginsburg, MA                  
Injury Prevention Program Coordinator   

Jason Kerkman, MPH 
Safe Kids Nebraska Coordinator 

Jeanne Bietz, MA                                             Motor Vehicle Policy Grant Project Coordinator

Ashley Newmyer, MPH, CPH
Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator
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