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Number of Accidental Deaths Decreases

Manufacturer: LIKEaBIKE en: Kids balance bike ... Mixed data reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that children today are safer by some measures, but more at risk by others.  According to the CDC, accidental deaths of children decreased 30 percent from 2000 to 2009, which was due, in large part, to the decline in traffic deaths.  According to the CDC's report, the reduction in motor vehicle deaths is due to factors such as child safety improvements, increased booster seat use, and graduated licensing systems for teen drivers. Despite the decline in accidental deaths of children, there is much work to be done. According to this article, the CDC reports that more than 9,000 young people still die annually from motor-vehicle-related accidents, fires, poisoning, drowning, falls, and other unintentional injuries. In fact, despite the decline, accidental injuries are still the leading cause of deaths for children ages 1 to 19. Although the CDC saw a 41 percent reduction in traffic fatalities, accidental poisonings actually rose by 80 percent. Approximately half of the victims of the most recent poisoning deaths were teens ages 15 to 19 who overdosed on prescription drugs. "As promising as the results of the CDC report are, parents and pediatricians need to work to prevent each and every injury to children," Estevan Garcia, director of pediatric emergency medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in New York, told HealthDay. "These injuries are devastating to families and are preventable." According to this Health Day article, CDC research indicates that the number of deaths due to prescription drug overdoses among teens could be reduced through appropriate prescribing; proper storage and disposal; discouraging medication sharing; and state-based prescription drug monitoring programs. The CDC report also noted that suffocation rates increased by 54 percent among infants less than 1 year old, which could be curbed by following the American Academy of Pediatrics' safe infant sleeping environment guidelines, which recommend that infants sleep in safe cribs, alone and on their backs, with no loose bedding or soft toys. Child injury death rates varied substantially by state in 2009, with less than five deaths per 100,000 children in Massachusetts and 23 deaths per 100,000 children in New Jersey and more than 23 deaths per 100,000 children in South Dakota and Mississippi. "Every four seconds, a child is treated for an injury in the emergency department, and every hour a child dies as a result of an injury," Linda Degutis, director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in an agency news release, according to the article.   Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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