August 2014

Playground Safety

Over 200,000 children go to the emergency room due to playground injuries and 15 of those die annually. 
  • Falls are the most common injury (44%)
  • Injuries due to equipment issues (breakage, tip, assembly) (23%) 
  • 36% of the injuries are fractures
  • Most fractures are from the monkey bars 
  • Impact absorbing surface such as bark chips or rubber matting have half as many injuries when compared to non-impact absorbing surfaces (grass, asphalt, dirt)

Tips to keep your kids safe:

  • If they are climbing, make sure there is an impact absorbing surface below them
  • Remember they can get burned so check the temperature of the equipment they are using
  • If there is a net make sure it is greater or less than 17-28 inches because they can trap their head
  • Make sure your child is using the equipment properly (do not let him/her hang upside down on monkey bars)



Be in the Know...

 Study in Pediatrics Affirms Safety of Childhood Vaccines

They performed a systematic review on childhood vaccination safety and found that there is an association between certain immunizations and adverse events, such events are rare and are outweighed by the health benefits these vaccines provide. They also note that these previous studies found no significant relationship between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism spectrum disorder.

It is Time for School Again, Have You Reviewed Pedestrian Safety with Your Child? 
  • Always cross the street with an adult, never alone if you're younger than 10 years old.
  • Always stop at the curb before crossing the street.
  • Always walk; never run, across the street.
  • Always cross at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Always look left, right, and left again before crossing.
  • Always walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • Always make sure drivers see you before crossing in front of them.
  • Always play in safe places, never play in driveways, streets, parking lots or unfenced yards by the street.
  • Always wear white or light clothing or reflectors when walking at night.
  • Always cross at least 10 feet in front of a school bus
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Education and Pediatric Related Events

  • Indiana Emergency Response Conference
       August 20-23, 2014, Indianapolis, IN.   

  • 2014 ENA National Conference is being held in Indianapolis

Do not miss this opportunity to attend!   

October 7-11, 2014   

  • Indiana First Responder: Online Training Program by IDHS.

This platform hosts courses on emergency management, specialty training,communications and fire.    





Elizabeth Weinstein, M.D., Program Director
Gretchen Huffman, EMT-P, RN, MBA, Program Mgr
3930 Georgetown Rd. Indianapolis, IN. 46254
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