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23/07/17 – NEW – Electrical Safety First statement about the initial cause of the Grenfell Tower fire

Following confirmation by the Metropolitan Police Service that the Grenfell Tower fire was caused by a faulty fridge freezer, Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First gives his comments.

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19/07/17 – NEW – Electrical Safety First – White Goods Recall Website

This is a website which makes it very easy for consumers to see if their brand/model of white goods has been involved in a recall; it is super easy to use.

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15/06/17 – Child Safety Week 2017

Read all about this year’s Child Safety Week.

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10/04/17 – Falls and Fracture Consensus Statement – PHE and National Falls Prevention Coordination
Group – January 2017

This is a document to provide information to support commissioning for intervention services to prevent falls on older people.

The National Falls Prevention Coordination Group (NFPCG) is made up of organisations involved in the prevention of falls, care for falls-related injuries and the promotion of healthy ageing. It was formed with the aim of coordinating and supporting falls prevention activity in England.

There are a number of interventions with evidence of cost and clinical effectiveness.

Unaddressed falls hazards in the home are estimated to cost the NHS in England £435m .

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17/03/17 – Family Safety Week – RoSPA May 2-5 2017

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17/03/17 – Unintentional Injuries in the Under 5’s – PHE & CAPT Document

The Child Accident Prevention Trust and Public Health England have been delivering networking conference opportunities in line with the release of this important and easy to read document.

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05/12/16 – Electrical Safety First: App for easy to follow visual checks to ensure electrical safety in the home

Electrical Safety First have advised us that:

We have developed a free smartphone app that allows anyone to do a quick, visual check, to ensure their home is electrically safe. Designed to be as easy-to-use as possible, the app highlights potential dangers in each room and explains how to resolve simple, non-technical problems. Where more serious issues are flagged, people are advised to use a registered electrician

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5/12/16 – Digital Economy Bill – Electrical Safety First input:

We received the following from Electrical Safety First:

With 64% of fake electrical goods now being sold online[1] – and 44% of MPs surveyed[2] believing counterfeit electrical goods are a problem in their area – Electrical Safety First is asking stakeholders and other interested parties to support its call for increased consumer protection in the Government’s Digital Economy Bill.

Although the Bill is primarily concerned with broadband connectivity, the Charity believes it offers an opportunity to address major concerns regarding loopholes around selling counterfeit electrical goods online.

In recent years there has been a considerable increase in fake electrical goods entering the country, with the top electrical fakes being mobile phones and chargers, and health and beauty equipment. Research by Electrical Safety First found that around 2.5 million adults have purchased a counterfeit electrical product in the last 12 months[3] – double the number of people that reported purchasing a counterfeit the previous year[4]. And not only are the majority being purchased online but the sales are increasing at rate of 15% each year[5].

The Charity is calling on the Government to:
• Legally require online retailers to report people consistently selling fake electrical products, to trading standards and or the police.
• Assess the numbers and types of counterfeits being imported – including specific details of those being bought online – and the cost to the economy.
• Review current legislation around the sale of counterfeits, much of which is over 20 years old.
• Establish a new task force to combat the sale of fake electrical goods online and legally require trading standards to report on counterfeit electrical goods seized.
“Well over a quarter of a million (350,000) serious injuries are caused by electricity each year, along with almost half of all fires in UK homes – the vast majority arising from electrical products[6]”, explains Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First. “And in addition to the property damage, which is conservatively estimated at £41.6 million per year[7], the personal cost is, of course, immeasurable. While fake and substandard are not synonymous, it’s not surprising that many counterfeit items carry a substantial risk, often omitting key components which affect both safety and functionality. But while a fake designer bag might not last as long or look as good as the real thing, it can’t kill you – a fake electrical product could.”

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2/11/16 – International Safety Conference 2016:

The 12th International Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, Safety 2016, was held in Tampere, Finland, on 18−21 September. There is a newsletter which you can access below giving you a summary and helpfully a link provided within the newsletter to allow you to access presentations etc. . . of interest. Their use of ‘Storify’ on social media is noted and detailed also; this appears to be a summary of tweets from the conference with the links the ‘tweeters’ found worthy of passing on to colleagues. Some of these lead to very interesting blogs from attendees.

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23/09/16 – British Burn Association: National Burn Awareness Day 2016:
Wednesday 19 October 2016

Please see below for the link to the information about this year’s event.

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06/09/16 – Electrical Safety First #watchwhatyouheat
New campaign:


Safety in the kitchen is the topic covered but taking an unusual approach in this new campaign.

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28/07/16 – A GUIDE FOR COMMISSIONERS OF CHILD HEALTH SERVICES ON PREVENTING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES
AMONG THE UNDER FIVES from ‘Keeping Children Safe at Home Project’:


This guide presents a series of evidence-based statements for commissioners of services that derive from the keeping Children Safe at Home (KCS) project. It is intended to assist commissioners to specify local programmes that are effective in reducing unintentional injuries to pre-school-aged
children.

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16/06/16 – Beyond Fighting Fires:

The LGA have published this document which highlights the expanding role of the Fire & Rescue Service in the prevention agenda, including injuries, by working with strategic partners.

There are case studies to read about on various initiatives, including:

Dementia
Obesity
Safe Sleeping
Falls Prevention

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28/04/16 – Eurosafe publish latest accidental injury figures:

This is a very useful site to know about as it breaks down fatalities, hospital admissions, acccident and emergency. Whilst there is no causal data, there is place of injury and other details such as:

Eight out of ten injuries treated in Accident & Emergency departments are related to home and leisure accidents. The remaining injuries are due to road traffic (10%), paid work (10%), violence (4%) and self-harm (1%)

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02/03/16 – RoSPA Scotland call for £2million Scotland-wide childhood accident prevention programme:

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM)
launched their Action on Accidents report as part of RoSPA’s conference at The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. (Tuesday, February 23).

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02/03/16 – 2016 RoSPA Scotland Child Safety Conference entitled ‘Child Safety and Young People’s Safety – Whats’ the Story’: Presentations available:

If you did not manage to make it to the RoSPA Scotland Child Safety Conference then you will be pleased to know that they have a dedicated page within their website to download all the presentations.

RoSPA Child Safety Conference Presentations

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26/01/16 – Electrical Safety First – 2015 Product Safety Conference: A Shocking Rip-Off: The True Cost of Counterfeit Products

If you did not manage to make it to the ESF Product Safety Conference then you will be pleased to know that they have a dedicated page within their website to download all the presentations; including the presentation by Gordon Hayward about ‘Capturing Injury Data’; this is hugely beneficial.

ESF Product Safety Conference

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19/01/16 – AgeUK and Fire and Rescue Service – Prevention at the core:

In October 2015, five organisations signed a new ‘Consensus’ – NHS England, Public Health England, the Fire and Rescue Service, Age UK and the Local Government Association – promising to work together to make changes throughout their workforce.

The new ‘Consensus’ sets out how the organisations can work together to encourage local action to prevent or minimise service demand and improve the quality of life of people with long term conditions.

It means fire fighters across the country will aim to carry out more ‘Safe and Well’ checks in people’s homes when they visit.

The fire fighters will aim to extend the 670,000 home safety checks already carried out each year into a ‘Safe and Well’ visit to help particularly the vulnerable and those with complex conditions.

As well as reducing the risks of a fire, they will aim to reduce health risks such as falls, loneliness and isolation which will also reduce visits to A&E, broken hips and depression.

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18/01/16 – Conference – Children and Young People’s Safety: What’s the Story?:

Date: February 23, 2016
Time: 9.30am-4.15pm
Where: The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Fee: None

This one day conference on the topic of Children and Young People’s Safety will highlight examples of recent and ongoing initiatives in Scotland designed to prevent unintentional injuries to children and young people. Presentations include a father’s perspective on child safety from Father’s Network Scotland, first hand experiences of a paramedic and fire officer, findings and recommendations from Building Safer Communities Phase 2 and a presentation on the new e-learning modules for health visitors by NHS Health Scotland, just to name a few.

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23/11/15 – District Councils Network – Public Health :

This is a report by the DCN and features an acknowledgement about the role prevention can play in the health and well being of older people in their homes.

Almost half of all accidents (45 per cent)occur in the home.Environmental hazards are one risk factor for falls among older people – the leading cause of injury – related admission to hospital for this group and where 60 per cent of the associated costs are borne by the NHS (Scuffham et al 2003).

The hospital cost of a hip fracture is more than £16,000 in the first two years (Leal et al 2015)–many times more expensive than the cost of fitting major or minor housing adaptations. These adaptations can also help tackle fuel poverty and overcrowding through installation of measures to improve insulation.

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01/10/15 – Falls Information Zone:

The Falls Information Zone promoting accident prevention for older people has been developed in partnership with NHS, local authority, third sector and academic partners in Scotland.

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20/08/15 – A very visual reminder about the danger to children from Tip Overs:

The CPSC have issued a link to an excellent video which highlights to parents using a child weighted dummy how vulnerable a child is when they are underneath a falling TV or piece of furniture.

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20/08/15 – Have you heard of ‘WaveLength’ charity?:

WaveLength gives TVs and radios to isolated and lonely people living in poverty.

WaveLength lobbies the government to make sure vulnerable people’s needs are considered in media and entertainment. Our CEO is a member of various forums and advisory groups and we played a key part in the Help Scheme for the TV Digital Switchover. WaveLength’s advocacy has one goal: to stop unnecessary loneliness affecting people who already have too much to cope with.

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17/07/15 – Northern Ireland 10 Year Home Accident Prevention Strategy:

Following on from the previous strategy, Northern Ireland are looking to continue the important work of keeping people safe in their own homes.

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July 2015 – Cost benefits of adapting homes to reduce falls by older people:

This document looks to apply the findings on international research to the UK.

A Cochrane review looking at the effectiveness of various interventions in the prevention of falls among older people living in the community, concluded that home safety assessment and modification interventions were effective at reducing the rate and risk of falls.

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07/01/15 – www.evidence.nhs.uk

Are we all aware of the information available to us through this excellent website?

For example, this information on fall prevention:

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15/09/14 –RoSPA set up an AlliancE – Project on Data Collection

The following press release from RoSPA is of interest as it looks at the collaboration between the College of Emergency Medicine and RoSPA:

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the College of Emergency Medicine have formed an alliance to reduce injuries and relieve the pressure gripping Accident and Emergency departments.

RoSPA, the UK’s family safety charity, and the College, which works to ensure high quality emergency care, have committed jointly to highlight the problem of people who have suffered preventable injuries attending A&E. Their partnership will be known as the AlliancE.

There are 21million A&E attendances across England each year, with accidents being a principal cause.

Among their work together, the two organisations will take forward a project on data collection, seeking to bring about the introduction of standardised A&E attendance data to highlight the burden of accidents on emergency care. This project will also involve the reintroduction of detailed accident causation data, based on a sample of hospitals, enabling the targeting of preventative action and filling the hole left by the Government’s closure of the UK’s world-leading Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance Systems in 2002.

The AlliancE will demonstrate the causal link between prevention and treatment, linking RoSPA prevention campaigns directly to the consequences of unintentional injury. A&E practitioners will give real-life examples of their work, and victims will describe the circumstances of their injuries, with some suggestions of how these might have been avoided. By linking the whole process together, the AlliancE will be able to create a much greater impact on the public than traditional messaging methods.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA chief executive, said: “The A&E crisis is not going away. We cannot sit idly by, simply listening to the rhetoric and watching more money being pumped into the system, but seeing no change coming about. It’s time to start acting. By working closely with the College, we will be combining prevention and treatment angles for the first time. With 1 in 40 of us likely to die in an accident and 1 in 10 receiving at least one serious injury during our life, it’s clear that action is needed. The good news is that accident prevention is relatively easy and inexpensive to deliver, and produces fast results – something that is crucial given the current A&E crisis.”

Dr Clifford Mann, College of Emergency Medicine president, said: “With RoSPA, our joint commitment is to make a contribution that will not only reduce the number of people suffering the painful and often traumatic consequences of preventable accidents, but will also translate this effect into significantly reduced pressure on our struggling A&E departments. This will mean doctors and nurses can concentrate on helping patients experiencing life-threatening health problems, improving the service for everyone involved.”

Other elements of the AlliancE will be a regular programme of top-level events and communications, highlighting the benefits of bringing together the prevention and treatment communities, plus a focus on key accident issues throughout the year

 

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01/07/14 –Public Health England – Accidental Injuries to Children and Young People

Please see below link to two new resources from Public Health England – CAPT, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), were commissioned by PHE to undertake this work and these were launched to coincide with Child Safety Week 23-27th June 2014.

www.childsafetyweek.org.uk

www.rospa.com

www.capt.org.uk

Key findings from the report relevant to home safety include:

Home injuries and children under the age of five:

    • an average of 62 children died each year between 2008 and 2012
    • these injuries result in an estimated 40,000 emergency hospital admissions among children of this age each year
    • 5 injury types should be prioritised for the under-fives: choking; suffocation and strangulation; falls; poisoning; burns and scalds; and drowning
    • hospital admission rate for unintentional injuries among the under-fives is 45% higher for children from the most deprived areas compared with children from the least deprived

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-reports-aim-to-help-reduce-accidents-to-children-and-young-people-in-the-home-and-on-the-roads

 

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26/03/14 – Child Accident Prevention Trust – Child Safety Week – Morning Mayhem

This year’s Child Safety Week aims to highlight the increased risk of injury when there is chaos in the home, usually in the mornings before school and have created a character who everyone wants to defeat ‘MM’ or Morning Mayhem. This follows on from their Safety Heroes theme from last year.

Campaign resources will show how small changes from Safety Heroes (Mums and Dads, grandparents and families throughout the country) can help defeat Morning Mayhem and the accidents that he’s likely to cause.

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24/03/14 – RoSPA Family Safety Week – First Ever www.familysafetyweek.org.uk

RoSPA launched their first ever Family Safety Week this year on the week commencing March 24th.

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30/01/14 – Eurosafe – Child Product Safety Guide

The European Child Safety Alliance has produced the following excellent document highlighting injuries associated with nursery products.

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30/7/13 – NICE Falls: assessment and prevention of falls in older people – Issued: June 2013

This document is for healthcare and other professionals and staff who care for older people who
are at risk of falling.

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11/7/13 – National survey of the injury prevention activities of children’s centres

The survey was done during the period covered by the National Safe at Home project, of which there has been previously an evaluation:

http://www.rospa.com/homesafety/safeathome/final-evaluation-report.pdf

The survey included primarily phase 2 centres (54%) and 384 centres returned the completed information required for the research.

Over half of those surveyed believed injury prevention to be one of their three main priority areas for children’s health locally, however knowledge of the leading cause of child accidental deaths in the home was poor with only 11% knowing the leading cause of accidental death to children in the home.

95% of respondents agreed that most child injuries are preventable.

99% of respondents thought that Children’s Centres can be effective in preventing injuries, however felt that they needed assistance in knowledge in this area

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27/6/13 – CAPT release new research during Child Safety Week

With Child Safety Week in full swing this week, the following information may be of interest to you:

New research out today (24 June 2013) shows just how much parents do to stop their children suffering horrific accidents. A quarter of parents (24%) say their child had a close call before leaving school. Two-thirds (67%) say they’ve had to save the day to prevent a serious accident

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19/6/13 – World Safety Conference NZ 2012

We have added this link for you to allow you to visit the site where they have details about this International event held last year. It is useful as it looks at Key Note speakers who are Internationally renowned and offers links to their websites to learn more about their organisations.

There are also excellent video links to presentations which is an amazing resource as it is just like being there. These are whole presentations you can view for each day.

World Safety Conference NZ 2012

 

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18/6/13 – Electrical Safety Council White Paper

Following the Electrical Safety Council’s (ESC) Industry Summit in March, please find attached our ‘White Paper’, presenting a short summary of discussions from the event, alongside our key recommendations for Government and stakeholders.

The paper arrives as governance of the electrical industry undergoes yet more changes, and as advances in technology continue to pose new questions about how best to ensure householder safety. Against this background, we present a set of ideas for how electrical safety concerns should be reflected in, and run throughout, England’s Building Regulations, the Green Deal and Smart Meter Roll-Out.

In our role as consumer champion on electrical safety matters, the ESC will continue to work with partners to realise shared public protection goals – as set out in this paper’s key recommendations. We hope the document will also act as a marker for Government, underlining the vital part a strong, cohesive sector voice should play in helping to shape policy.

ESC White Paper

 

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18/4/13 – Child Accidents and Injuries in the North West March 2013

I have provided a link to this report and you may find is useful in your work.

Points of note are (excerpts in italics):

 

At the time of writing this document, the public health system in England is going through a period of considerable transition. This includes the creation of a new organisation – Public Health England – which will come into effect from April 2013. At the same time, public health will become embedded within local government structures, building upon and strengthening their existing role in protecting and improving the nation’s health and wellbeing. Locally led services, accountable decision making and best use of available evidence will form core principles of the new system.

 

The wider changes in health as part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012  include the formation of  211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England (replacing primary care trusts) to act as independent statutory bodies led by GP practices and be responsible for £65 billion of the £95 billion NHS commissioning budget.

 

It is therefore important that CCGs and local authorities work together under the new arrangements, perhaps through joint commissioning agreements, to deliver effective health improvement services as part of the

healthcare available in their areas.

 

Methods or interventions to prevent accidents are not the focus of this report, however some relevant information is available in the appendices at the end of this document to summarise evidence about successful or promising interventions. Recent advice from CAPT’s Making the Links campaign, for example, highlights that engaging with parents is a key aspect of preventing accidents among children and young people.

 

in the Parents Under Pressure survey conducted by CAPT (as part of Child Safety Week 2012), 44% of parents thought that they could not do anything to prevent accidents from occurring and in some cases parents/carers underestimated the seriousness of potential injuries upon their child’s health and wellbeing, and that of the wider family (such as from hair straighteners or hot water scalds). CAPT have also produced some useful information resources such as a One Step Ahead wall chart to help inform parents, particularly of very young children, about accidents in the home.

 

A NICE report examining the costs of accidents showed that reducing injuries per 100,000 population by 10% would save more than £47,000 in hospital admissions and emergency department attendances

locally each year.

 

Between 2007 and 2011, 335 North West children and young people aged 0-19 years died as a result of accidents, an average of 67 per year. This represents one in eleven (9.0%) of all deaths among children and young people of this age.

 

Almost three-quarters (73.1%) of accidental deaths among those aged 0-19 years in the North West between 2007 and 2011 were among males. This equates to a male mortality rate of 5.7

per 100,000 population compared with a female mortality rate of 2.2 per 100,000, a significant difference.

 

Among those aged 0-4 years, other accidental threats to breathing is the most common cause of accidental death, accounting for over a third (34.6%) of accidental deaths in this age group. Within this summary group, accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed is the most common cause (9.0% of all accidental deaths in this age group), followed by unspecified threat to breathing (7.0%), other accidental hanging and strangulation (5.5%), inhalation and ingestion of food causing obstruction of respiratory tract (5.5%), and then other causes.

 

There is considerable variation in the number of emergency hospital admissions at a local level within the North West. The emergency hospital admission rate for accidents for those aged 0-19 years varies from 832.5 per 100,000 population in Fylde to 1,473.2 per 100,000 in Burnley, which is 77% higher. Compared with the North West average, Fylde, Trafford, Eden, South Lakeland, Carlisle, Sefton,

Stockport and Liverpool have rates that were significantly lower while Burnley, Oldham, Manchester, Salford and Rochdale all had rates that are significantly higher. However, compared with the England average, only Trafford has a rate that is significantly lower, while 26 local authorities had rates that were significantly higher than the national average.

 

In 2011/12, the highest hospital admission rate for accidents by cause among children and young people aged 0-19 years in the North West was for falls (516.4 per 100,000 population) (Figure 12). Falls accounted for 45.5% of all emergency hospital admissions for accidental injuries, more than for any other cause. Information available from other sources also shows that falls are one of the most common reasons for admission.

 

Given the predominance of falls, we examined the types of falls that were the cause of hospital admissions by age group. There are some differences in the top ten causes of falls (Figure 14). Those aged 0-4 years had admission rates that were significantly higher than for other age groups for falls on the same level from slipping, tripping and stumbling (117.1 per 100,000 population); those on and from stairs and steps (127.3 per 100,000, the biggest cause of falls among 0-4 year olds); other falls on the same level (67.0); those involving a bed (82.5); and those involving a chair (85.5).

 

There were more A&E attendances for accidents recorded on a Monday (an average of 598.2 daily attendances) than any other day of the week (Figure 20). Attendances were also relatively

high on a Sunday (577.9 attendances), but were lowest on a Saturday (515.4 attendances)

 

Attendances at A&E peaked at 18.00-18.59 hours (accounting for 8.4% of all attendances for accidents among those aged 0-19 years). A further 8.3% of attendances occurred at 19.00-19.59 hours

 

Between 2009/10 and 2011/12 there were a total of 283,279 ambulance call-outs to children and young people aged 0-19 years across the North West. In total, 21.5% of these call-outs, including 18,079 in 2011/12, were classified as due to an accident or injury.

 

The rate of ambulance call-outs for falls is highest among the youngest age group (0-4 years), at 809.4 per 100,000 population.

 

However, there were 1,301 call-outs for poisoning for children aged 0-4 years, 298 in 2011/12 (Table 7). Brief examination of the free-text field within the dataset shows that many of these cases include the ingestion of substances such as Paracetamol, bleach, Turps, nicotine lozenges, air fresheners and washing up tablets.

Child Accidents and Injuries in the North West

 

4/4/13 – The Burden of Injury in Wales

There is a recent 2012 report called ‘The Burden of Injury in Wales’ which you may all find of interest.

Public Health Wales has contributed to the document.

There are three major recommendations to come out of the Welsh report:

  1. Injury Data needs to be improved (Wales are involved in the European JAMIE Programme)
  2. Injury Prevention in Wales needs to be more collaborative. (To bring about such collaboration, a central, ideally Ministerial, point of contact and therefore accountability is needed. In the absence of a Ministerial or Welsh Government role, a suitable appointment is needed to facilitate collaboration and co-ordination of effort to reduce the burden of injury.)
  3. Injury prevention should be recognised as a key public health priority, with greater commitment and capacity to support the implementation of evidence based injury prevention and control initiatives.

Burden of Injury in Wales

15/2/13 – Unintentional Injuries and Health Visitors – New report from the National Nursing Research Unit highlights the importance of Injury Prevention within a health visitors role.

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Home Safety Scotland produce a comprehensive overview of Home Accidents In Scotland

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22/1/13 – RoSPA have a new campaign called ‘Child on the Drive’ which has been set up in response to research showing that at least 26 children have been killed on or near their driveway of their home since 2001:

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The Child Accident Prevention Trust have kindly forwarded the following link to their recent responses to the Public Health Consultation papers:

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RoSPA have also kindly forwarded the following link which is RoSPA’s submission to the Public Health Inquiry:

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There has also now been a summary of responses compiled by the Department of Health and is interesting in that they do refer to the Institute of Home Safety within this summary document. There is also a list of those organisations who submitted responses:

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