Ellen Kramarow, Ph. Injury deaths place a large burden on society, and many of these deaths are preventable 1. Reducing fatal injuries is a Healthy People Leading Health Indicator, emphasizing its importance as a high-priority public health issue 2.
Scheers, PhD; C. Kemp, MD. Perhaps a bit of clarification of terminology would help here.
As a parent, Attorney General Derek Schmidt understands the important responsibility of keeping our children safe. Young children should be watched attentively. Leaving them alone for even a few minutes, allows opportunities for accidents.
I am going to continue my series on childhood safety by talking about a topic that has recently received some media attention. Unfortunately, the attention is due to a notable increase in infant deaths due to accidental suffocation. However, the rate of accidental suffocation is on the rise.
Have questions? According to Injury Factschoking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death. Food is often responsible for choking incidents in the elderly.
Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury and death among infants under age one in the U. For the study, researchers examined national registry data 1, cases of sudden unexpected infant death SUID between and Overall, cases, or 14 percent, involved suffocation.
We compared infants' ages and other demographic data, the sleep location and surface used, and the reported mechanism or pattern of death. Forwe used data on sleep location from an annual survey of randomly selected households of living infants younger than 8 months, collected as part of the National Infant Sleep Position Study at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, to calculate risk for death as a result of suffocation in cribs, in adult beds, and on sofas or chairs. The number of reported suffocation deaths in cribs fell from tothe number of reported deaths in adult beds increased from toand the number of reported deaths on sofas or chairs increased from 33 to Using cribs as the reference group and adjusting for potential confounders, the multivariate ORs showed that infant deaths in adult beds were 8.
The Child Safety Protection Act bans the sale of any toy intended for use by children under age three that may pose a choking, aspiration sucking in the object or ingestion swallowing hazard. The U. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued voluntary guidelines for drawstrings on children's clothing to prevent strangulation and has banned the use of bean bag infant cushions that can pose a choking or suffocation risk.
Asphyxia or asphyxiation is a condition of deficient supply of oxygen to the body that arises from abnormal breathing. An example of asphyxia is choking. Asphyxia causes generalized hypoxiawhich affects primarily the tissues and organs. There are many circumstances that can induce asphyxia, all of which are characterized by an inability of an individual to acquire sufficient oxygen through breathing for an extended period of time.