Are You Putting Your Kids At Risk?

A Trip To The Playground Should Be Child's Play But Are You Putting Your Kids At Risk?


A National study of almost 700,000 hospitalisations over the past 10 years shows that the leading cause of death in children under 17 years of age, are injuries. That's twice the amount of hospitalisations from Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease put together.


Recently, 7 year old Phoenix Clucas was lucky to survive after she was found clinically dead at a birthday party on NSW Central Coast when her necklace was caught on a slide and choked her. Luckily for Phoenix, her Dad was nearby and heard the children screaming that she was choking. He rushed to her aid, finding her eyes red and her face blue with asphyxiation. The little girl surviving this horrible accident surprised even the police and emergency workers, as many children don't.


Co-Author of the report and professor of emergency and trauma nursing at the Sydney University, Professor Kate Curtis says, "The results are so alarming. It is clear we need to do something." 


"An injury happens in a blink of an eye," Professor Curtis said.
"It's horrific. As a clinician, having to see the impact and expression on their parents faces when they walk in and see their injured child on a hospital bed [being resuscitated]. No parent should have to go through that."


A group of 17 researchers and clinicians who specialise in paediatric medicine are calling on the Federal Government to establish a new national injury prevention plan. Suggestions from the group include routine injury surveillance, a federal agency to coordinate injury prevention strategies and act upon injury hot spots locally. The cost would be around $50 million a year but would easily be recovered by safety improvements, saying that to eliminate one brain injury would save $5 million.





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* This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. Please see your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Call Mermaid Central Medical Clinic on (07) 5575 2444 or visit the website www.mermaidcentralmedicalclinic.com.au to make an appointment.

Are You Putting Your Kids At Risk?

A Trip To The Playground Should Be Child's Play But Are You Putting Your Kids At Risk?


A National study of almost 700,000 hospitalisations over the past 10 years shows that the leading cause of death in children under 17 years of age, are injuries. That's twice the amount of hospitalisations from Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease put together.


Recently, 7 year old Phoenix Clucas was lucky to survive after she was found clinically dead at a birthday party on NSW Central Coast when her necklace was caught on a slide and choked her. Luckily for Phoenix, her Dad was nearby and heard the children screaming that she was choking. He rushed to her aid, finding her eyes red and her face blue with asphyxiation. The little girl surviving this horrible accident surprised even the police and emergency workers, as many children don't.


Co-Author of the report and professor of emergency and trauma nursing at the Sydney University, Professor Kate Curtis says, "The results are so alarming. It is clear we need to do something." 


"An injury happens in a blink of an eye," Professor Curtis said.
"It's horrific. As a clinician, having to see the impact and expression on their parents faces when they walk in and see their injured child on a hospital bed [being resuscitated]. No parent should have to go through that."


A group of 17 researchers and clinicians who specialise in paediatric medicine are calling on the Federal Government to establish a new national injury prevention plan. Suggestions from the group include routine injury surveillance, a federal agency to coordinate injury prevention strategies and act upon injury hot spots locally. The cost would be around $50 million a year but would easily be recovered by safety improvements, saying that to eliminate one brain injury would save $5 million.





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* This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. Please see your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Call Mermaid Central Medical Clinic on (07) 5575 2444 or visit the website www.mermaidcentralmedicalclinic.com.au to make an appointment.