Monday, May 14, 2012

Injury Prevention for Children with Special Needs

Interesting article by Susan Rzucidlo, R.N., whois coordinator of the Dauphin County Safe Kids Coalition and the pediatric trauma program nurse manager at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Injuries are both predictable and preventable and the leading cause of death and disability for all children 1 to 14 years of age. All children and their families need information on keeping their children safe as they grow and wherever they are – for example at a babysitter’s home, school, a playground or staying with grandparents.
Injury prevention for children with special health care needs requires a thorough assessment of each child’s unique risks. There are medical and emotional conditions that can lead to challenges for keeping the child safe. The issues and strategies will change as the child grows.

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