Study Highlights Need for Education on Choking Hazards

By: Scott Schoem, MD, MBA and Kevin Borrup, DrPH Choking is a major cause of death particularly for children 4 years old and younger. In 2016, 255 children in the United States died from a choking incident and there were even more nonfatal incidents. More than 15,000 children are treated each year in emergency rooms…

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…

Pokemon Go: Big Draw, Big Distraction

It’s the latest craze sweeping the country. People everywhere are playing Pokemon Go, the smartphone app that allows you to walk around your environment searching for Pokemon.  It can be a great way to get some exercise, however the game also brings distractions that could cause potential safety concerns. Injuries related to the game are…

Don’t Leave Kids in Hot Cars

By: Kevin Borrup, JD, MPA Already this year we have had 12 children die of heatstroke in the United States after being left in a hot car, and we have yet to see the hottest days of summer. On Saturday, the latest death occurred in Iowa where a 6-month old died after being left in…