Injury Prevention Opportunities in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Megan M. Attridge*, Sara E. Holmstrom, Karen M. Sheehan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Injury is the leading cause of death in children over 1 year of age, causes considerable morbidity, and is a significant source of health care cost. Injury prevention methodology has helped to decrease pediatric injuries over the last several decades; however, significant room for improvement remains. Emergency medicine providers have the expertise and opportunity to participate in injury prevention. Injury risk identification and injury prevention interventions in the emergency department have been increasingly explored over the last decade. This review discusses promising emergency department–based approaches such as safety behavior screening; screening for suicide risk, violence risk, and exposure to firearms; education and interventions; and advocacy opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100761
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • advocacy
  • emergency department
  • firearm exposure
  • injury prevention
  • intervention
  • safety behavior
  • screening
  • suicide risk
  • violence risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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