June 2014

Disparities in Drowning: Swimming a Joy for Some, Deadly for Others

Each year, 4,000 die from drowning in the US. Many could be prevented through providing basic swimming instruction to at-risk groups that are described in a recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Can we teach a generation to swim and break the cycle?

Joining the Health IT Regulation Debate

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released an important report that will impact how digital health is regulated in the future. The Safety and Administration Act (FDASIA) Health Information Technology Report describes a proposed strategy and recommendations for a health information technology (Health IT) regulatory framework. For many of us involved in digital health, it has become important to listen, as well as to be a part of, the conversation regarding how to achieve a healthy balance between innovation and patient safety.

New Resource Alert: Child Injury Recovery Resources in Spanish

Last week Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD blogged about the need for Spanish-language resources for patients and families. CIRP worked closely with the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress at CHOP and the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to develop resources to fill this gap.

Neknomination- A Dangerous New Trend in Social Media

Peer pressure and cyber bullying are unfortunate, but increasingly well-studied, facets of adolescent life. But what if these two behavior-influencing tactics were combined and used to fuel an over-the-top drinking game? In a new phenomenon called “Neknominate,” this is exactly what occurs. Read on to find out why older teens and adults are among the first victims of this extreme social media "challenge."

Drowsy Driving: The Impairment That Can Impact Anyone

Media attention, research dollars, and awareness campaigns often target distracted driving and drunk driving as serious impairments that can impact drivers of any age. Another type of driving impairment that receives less attention, but whose prevalence and consequences are also significant, has suddenly been thrust into the national spotlight through a recent crash involving actor Tracy Morgan. That impairment is drowsy driving.

#TeenSummer Safety Focus of Upcoming Twitter Chat

CIRP@CHOP’s Flaura Winston, MD, PhD (@safetymd) will be a special guest for an upcoming Twitter Chat on teen summer safety hosted by the Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov). The Twitter Chat will cover information and tips on how adolescents can stay healthy and safe during the summer months, focusing on sun health, pool and swim safety, and traffic, bike, and pedestrian safety. If you’re on Twitter, follow along and join the conversation using the hashtag #TeenSummer.

Parent Injury Can Cause Stress for a Child

Nearly two decades ago our team was planning a follow-up study with parents of injured children treated in the Emergency Department. In the very first phone interview for the study, I spoke with the mother of a teenager injured in a traffic crash. She was very happy to answer our questions about her son’s recovery but quickly added, “You should be asking about me! My son is doing well now. I am a mess.” She went on to describe feeling worried and afraid every time her son left the house, even though she knew he was not in real danger. This mother’s voice was crucial. She reminded us of the importance of asking about a parent’s own responses to a child’s injury. But what happens to the child when it is the parent who is injured?

Striking a Summertime Safety Balance

Risk of people dying in teen driver-related crashes is highest in summer months. Dr. Dennis Durbin, a father of three teens, recommends ways for parents to let their teens safely enjoy the freedoms of summer.

Turning the Spotlight on the Learner Phase of Driving

Principal Investigator of CIRP@CHOP's TeenDrivingPlan research, Jessica Mirman, describes the decision to focus her efforts on the learner period of GDL to answer the question, "How can we help parent supervisors make the most of their practice time with their teenagers?" Initial results show intervention increases variety of practice drives and improves teenagers' driving performance.

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