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 Lee, MD, MPH, Boston Children's Hospital; Seth Scholer, MD, MPH; Monroe Carroll Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

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:
This year, the Emergency Medicine and Injury Control Special Interests Groups had a special, combined meeting. The emergency department (ED), 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 the mission of emergency care requires providers to regularly re-examine what is included. For example, is Injury Prevention part of our job? Chronic asthma care? Sexual  Health?

During this combined SIG we discussed common presenting problems and the role of prevention in the emergency department setting. Dr. Mark Zonfrillo began the session reviewing the role of the pediatric emergency department in injury prevention, describing options for ED physicians to be involved in areas such as surveillance and educational intervention. Dr. Roger Zemek presented work focused on concussion diagnosis, management, and anticipatory guidance. Dr. Yaron Finkelstein discussed the problem of intentional and unintentional poisonings, highlighting the need for prevention efforts in the ED due to long-term risk of suicide for patients who present with intentional poisoning.  Dr. Joe Zorc reviewed the role of acute and chronic asthma management in the ED. Then Dr. Cynthia Mollen concluded the talks with a discussion on the role of screening and prevention of adolescent sexual health problems.  The session ended with a panel discussion led by Dr. Steve Teach, Dr. Karen Sheehan, and Dr. Eliot Nelson and an audience participation discussion about prevention in the ED.  This multi-disciplinary session resulted in lively discussion between attendees and the expert panel members, resulting in suggestions for actionable measures for injury prevention, anticipatory guidance, and chronic disease management in the emergency setting.

Other groups that work in your area of interest: APA pediatric emergency medicine SIG, AAP Council on Violence, Injury and Poison Prevention, SafeKids, 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:


Lois Lee, MD, MPH
300 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 355-5089
lois.lee@childrens.harvard.edu

Seth Scholer, MD, MPH
1086 Lynnwood Blvd
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: (615) 936-2425
seth.scholer@vanderbilt.edu


 

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