Death in the Back Seat

By: Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH There’s no doubt about it, seat belt use among drivers and passengers in vehicles saves lives. However, there’s a gap in Connecticut’s current law that should be fixed. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have made it mandatory for adult passengers riding in the back seat of vehicles to…

Gun Buyback Aims to Make Connecticut a Safer Place to Live

By: Brendan T. Campbell, MD, MPH As a pediatric surgeon at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center who cares for injured children and adults, I see gun violence at its worst. All too often, the victims of gun violence arrive at our trauma center with irreparable injuries and all we can do is try to pick up…

Protect Children from Dangerous Toys

By: Steven C. Rogers, MD, MS-CTR With the busy holiday shopping season upon us, it’s important for physicians and consumer groups to encourage parents and caregivers to research toys to ensure the ones they plan to purchase are safe. I see the impact of dangerous toys on children through my work as an emergency physician…

Injury Prevention Conference Honors Safety Advocate

By: Kevin Borrup Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital hosted the 1st annual Statewide Injury Prevention Conference on October 3 in an effort raise awareness and promote prevention strategies on a broad range of issues. Experts from Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center and the Injury Prevention Center at Yale New Haven…

Raising Awareness about Teen Suicide

By: Steven Rogers, MD As an emergency physician, I find the sharp increase in teenage suicide over the past 40 years in the United States to be troubling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is highlighting the problem through a new analysis of data that was published in a recent CDC Morbidity and…

Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Visits Connecticut Children’s

Acting Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle visited Connecticut Children’s Medical Center recently along with Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal to raise awareness about the crucial need to keep children safe. Buerkle’s visit highlighted Connecticut Children’s commitment to ensuring children stay healthy and injury free. That commitment shines through our Connecticut Children’s Office for…

Petit Fellows Share Lessons Learned

By: Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH At Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center (IPC), we take pride in educating future standouts in the medical field. Just as they learn from us, we learn so much from them which was the case this summer when we hosted The Hayley Petit Injury & Violence Prevention Fellowship. During the fellowship,…

Connecticut Children’s Educates Kids to Stay Safe

By: Luis Rivera Fire safety. Boating safety. Wearing seat belts. Protecting hearing. Hands-Only CPR. Those are just some of the lessons elementary school students learn through our annual Safe Kids Day. At this year’s event, about 100 third and fourth grade students from SAND Elementary School in Hartford gathered on the front lawn of Connecticut…

Improving Outcomes for Victims of Domestic Violence

For the past six years, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence has honored men and women around the state for their work improving the lives of domestic violence victims in Connecticut. We are proud to announce that the First 100 Plus Class of 2016 includes our own Scott Orsey, the director of operations and strategy…

From Violence Treatment to Violence Prevention

By: Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, we see the impact of community and family violence often. We treat a variety of violence-related injuries which range from an infant who was physically abused by a parent or caretaker, to a child who was sexually abused by a stranger, to a teenager who…

Hazards of Hot Cars

By: Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH The statistics are alarming. On average, 37 children die from heat stroke every summer in the United States after getting trapped inside hot cars. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center embraces every opportunity to get the word out about the need to prevent such tragedies as part of our “Where’s Baby? Look…