Injury Control SIG

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Background: Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in persons ages 1-44 years.  Homicide is one of the top 5 causes of death in persons ages 1-44 years.  Suicide is one of the top 5 causes of death in persons ages 10 through 54 years of age. 

Description: The Injury Control SIG is a group of pediatricians who are interested in the prevention of childhood injuries.

Vision:  The vision of the Injury Control SIG is to support APA members in their efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality due to injuries.  

SIG Objectives: 
1. To provide a professional forum for those clinicians interested in promoting pediatric injury prevention through clinical practice, research, and advocacy.
2. To promote the advancement of best practices in pediatric injury prevention.

SIG Activities:
1. Organize and support the APA Injury Prevention workshop at the annual Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.
2. Dissemination of information and best practices regarding pediatric injury prevention.

Links: 
1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention:  http://www.cdc.gov/injury/index.html
2.  Safe Kids:  www.safekids.org
3.  American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention:  http://www2.aap.org/sections/ipp/
4.  Injury Free Coalition for Kids:  http://www.injuryfree.org/
5.  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. http://www.nhtsa.gov/

Past Meetings:
Injury Control SIG Annual Report, 2015
Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting
April 25, 2015
San Diego, CA

Injury Control SIG co-chairs:  Seth Scholer, MD, MPH, Lois Lee, MD, MPH

Description
The Injury Control 2015 SIG held at the annual PAS meeting focused on the distracted driver.  On average 9 people are killed and 1100 people are injured in the US every day in motor-vehicle crashes related to distracted driving.  Texting or using the mobile phone while driving are two of the most well known examples of distracted driving.  We had two dynamic speakers and some engaging discussion about distracted driving during the SIG.  Dr. Flaura Winston (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) presented about the science of distraction and what this means for teenage drivers.  Dr. Beth Ebel (Seattle Children's Hospital) discussed her group's work on interventions to reduced distracted driving. 


Annual Report


Co-chairs:  Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH, Seth Scholer, MD, MPH

SIG purpose/mission: The vision of the Injury Control SIG is to support APA members in their efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality due to injuries.

Current SIG goals:

  1. To provide a professional forum for those clinicians interested in promoting pediatric injury prevention through clinical practice, research, and advocacy.
  2. To promote the advancement of best practices in pediatric injury prevention.

Annual summary:
New consumer products are being introduced constantly--and with them come new threats to the safety of children.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer products cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. The theme of this year’s Injury Control SIG was pediatric injury associated with consumer products. This year the APA Injury Control SIG was honored to have 3 experts in consumer product safety participate in the SIG.  George Borlase, Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification and Reduction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, was an extremely engaging speaker who focused on the CPSC process and emerging threats.  SIG members also heard very interesting presentations from Dr. Mary Aitken on ATV  injuries and from Dr. Michael Gittelman on how to translate injuries seen in the clinical setting to injury prevention advocacy.  The session generated audience participation as we all learned how we can leverage work at the CPSC to keep children and consumers safer.

Other groups: Emergency medicine SIG; Child Abuse SIG, AAP Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention; Injury Free Coalition for Kids



April 2016 Newsletter Article


APA Pediatric Emergency and Injury Control Special Interest Groups
Monday May 2nd 2016
0830-1130

Boundaries of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Mission:
What Constitutes an "Emergency"?

Outline
This year, the Emergency Medicine and Injury Control Special Interests Groups will have a special, combined meeting. The emergency department, in its role as interface between the hospital and a relatively vulnerable patient population, has always had a multi-faceted mission that is often outside the care of the acutely ill and injured. The fluid nature of the boundary around our mission requires us to regularly re-examine what is included. For example, is Injury Prevention part of our job? Chronic asthma care? Sexual Health? Warm meals?

For pediatric emergency departments, this is all the more true given the vulnerability of children. However, an unfocussed ever-expanding mission that varies from pediatric emergency department to pediatric emergency department is a threat to the cohesion of the field. We propose to use this combined Special Interest Group to look at this dilemma more closely, in a forum encouraging active discussion.

Speakers and Topics

  • Dr. Mark Zonfrillo: Role of the Emergency Department in Injury Prevention
  • Dr. Roger Zemek and Dr. William Meehan: Concussion and the Extension of the Emergency Department Mission
  • Dr. Yaron Finkelstein: Poisoning and Efforts beyond Acute Treatment
  • Dr. Joseph Zorc: Asthma and the Limits of Follow-up
  • Dr. Cynthia Mollen: Role of the Emergency Department for Patients with Sexual Health Issues
  • Dr. Eliot Nelson, Dr. Karen Sheehan, Dr. Stephen Teach and Dr. Cynthia Mollen: Panel Discussion

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:


Andrew Kiragu, MD
3670 Commonwealth Draw
Woodbury, MN 55125
Phone: (651) -39-7898
kira0002@umn.edu

Michelle Macy, MD
300 North Ingalls Bulilding
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5456
Phone: (734) 936-8338
mlmacy@umich.edu


 

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