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Core VIPP: Empowering States to Take Action To Put an End to Violence and Injuries

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury, Violence Prevention

The headlines are all too familiar: A teen driver is killed just months after getting his license. A high school football player suffers a head injury after a tackle during practice. A mother overdoses on prescription pain killers. A youth is shot and killed after an argument with another teen. These tragic headlines make the news every day in states and communities across our country.

Curbing the Growing Epidemic of Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in Women

Categories: Home & Recreational Safety

 
Every 3 minutes, a woman goes to the emergency department for prescription painkiller misuse or abuse.Do you know which of the following statements is TRUE about women and prescription painkillers?   
  1. Medical providers are more likely to prescribe higher doses of painkillers for women than men, and that women are more likely to have chronic pain.
  2. Women use prescription painkillers for longer periods of time and may become dependent on prescription painkillers more quickly than men.
  3. Female patients are more likely to have multiple medical providers to prescribe painkillers than male patients do.

KIDS: Draw, Paint, Create— Be Heads Up about Concussion Safety

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury, Violence Prevention

Heads Up Poster Contest on challenge.govWhen you watch a child’s creativity come to life, you can see how their imaginations help them describe the world around them. Through their artwork, they can share their thoughts and ideas with a peer, parent, or teacher. They can express their feelings and their important lessons in life.

If you give a child the opportunity to teach others about safety in their own words and images, you give them a way of reaching out in original and imaginative ways! With this in mind, CDC’s Injury Center is launching the Be Heads Up Poster Contest, which asks kids and teens (ages 5-18) to Draw, Paint, Create— Be Heads Up about concussion safety at school, home, or play!

8 things that people should know about preventing falls in older adults

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury

 Taking care of older adults. Preventing falls

My grandmother lived with us when I was growing up, and I remember her being incredibly active in doing things around the house even as she approached her early 80s. This all changed one day when she slipped on a throw rug and fell, breaking her hip.  We called an ambulance and went with her to the emergency department, where she was admitted to the hospital and later had surgery.  Luckily, she did not have any complications from the surgery. Afterwards, she relied on a wheelchair to get around until she died 7 years later.  

People may take for granted how easy it is for them to move around when they know every step and corner of their home. But that is not the case for many older adults, whose declining balance, coordination or vision may put them at significant risk of falling. The risk of falling increases with each decade of life.  Injuries resulting from a fall, such as a hip fracture or head injury can affect an older adult’s health and take away their independence. Each year, one in every three adults age 65 or older falls, and more than 2 million are treated in emergency departments for injuries that result from falls.

National Public Health Week: “Public Health is ROI” – Saving Lives, Saving Money through Injury and Violence Prevention

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury, Violence Prevention

National Public Health Week Logo: Public Health Saves Lives, Saves MoneyInjuries and violence kill 180,000 people each year.  Motor vehicle crashes, falls, homicides, and other types of injury events kill more people in the first half of life than any other cause — including cancer, HIV, or the flu. And they cost more than $406 billion in medical care and lost productivity each year. If you yourself have not been seriously impacted by injury or violence, you probably know someone who has.  

But what does that mean for public health? Where do injuries and violence fit into the plan to help people be able to live their lives to the fullest potential?

Seeing Creativity at Work in Injury and Violence Prevention

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury, Violence Prevention

 

I still vividly remember my days working at a trauma center, treating victims of violence and traumatic events and working with communities to help prevent violence and injuries from happening in the first place.

I can clearly recall the faces and voices of children who came to the emergency department with injuries, and can still see the reactions of the parents who were told that their child had died from injuries; injuries that could have been prevented.  

Back to School: Making Safety First on Your List

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury, Violence Prevention

Teens talking in school hallGuest Blogger: Wendy Holmes, MS

Back-to-school season seems to usher a school bus load of paper into our home. It starts with a cheerful postcard showing my child’s new teacher. Then comes the packet with the welcome letter, transportation form, lunch form, contact information form, medical information form, the Parent Teacher Association form, the…well, you get the idea. 

Stopping Kids from Drowning: Why I Do What I Do at the Injury Center

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety

Guest blogger: Julie Gilchrist, MD

Julie Gilchrist, MD

Julie Gilchrist, MD

People who work in hospitals and emergency departments can tell you. Treating kids is a hard job—especially when a child comes in with a serious injury that could have been prevented.  I still get sad remembering some of the cases I worked on as a doctor in Philadelphia—many of my stories don’t have happy endings.

Seeing My World through A Safer Lens

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury

We are excited to see how injury and violence professionals, students, and the general public can showcase what injury and violence prevention looks like in their own communities through the “Seeing My World through a Safer Lens” video contest. This challenge will award $500 per category (Student View, Injury and Violence Professional View, and General Public View) for the video that best reflects a prevention story about Violence Prevention, Home and Recreational Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, or Traumatic Brain Injury.

Childhood Injury: A Picture Really is Worth a Thousand Words

Categories: CDC Injury Center, Home & Recreational Safety

Starting from the time when drawings on cave walls portrayed tales about human life, people have been using images to tell their stories. Even a simple image can quickly communicate thousands of details, increase understanding about a difficult topic, or help us comprehend the relevance of complex data.

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