News of the Field

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?

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.

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.

Inter-agency Model for Israel’s Child Safety Action Plan

Today, we are please to welcome a guest post from Esti Golan, manager of the Israel Child Safety National Action Plan, who shares with us some insight into the planning of this groundbreaking initiative in Israel.

An Additional Rating System for Infant Child Seats

Today, Consumer Reports released new infant seat ratings from its latest test protocol based on crash testing, ease-of-use, and fit-to-vehicle. After testing 34 commercially available infant seats, the consumer advocates group classified five seats as “basic,” 16 as “better,” and 13 as “best.”

The Child Passenger Safety Technician community should be prepared to field questions from consumer parents who wonder how they should interpret these results. Is their “basic” rated child seat is still safe to use? Here are few points to consider:

Nations Can Agree on Road Safety

Today we welcome guest blogger T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, the U.S. Director of the FIA Foundation, to discuss the upcoming United Nations General Assembly debate about Road Safety, taking place on April 10.

Questioning the Who, What and How of Digital Health Regulation

The digital health world is buzzing with recent news about a proposed bill to reduce U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation on “low risk” mobile medical technologies, such as health apps for smartphones that provide health education, management and prevention tools for practitioners and patients. The bill, Preventing Regulatory Overreach to Enhance Care Technology (PROTECT) Act of 2014, aims to amend FDA regulatory guidance on mobile health technologies that are of “low risk” to patient safety. Here's what you should know about the bill.

Benchmarking Policies that Impact Motor Vehicle Injuries

The CDC recently released its 2013 Prevention Status Reports and included motor vehicle injuries as one of the nation's most important public health problems. However, public safety laws are only one piece to the puzzle in mitigating these types of injuries.

Discussing the Impact of Marijuana on Driving

I think it's really interesting when hot topics in the news coincide with questions raised in my clinical practice, such as last week when the New York Times published an article about the effects of marijuana on driving. Since I see a fair number of teens in my office, I've had some conversations regarding the impact of different substances (e.g., alcohol, nicotine, marijuana) on various developmental tasks, including driving.

2014 Lifesavers Conference – Registration is Open

CIRP@CHOP staff is looking forward to presenting in and attending the workshops at the national Lifesavers Conference on April 27-29, 2014 in Nashville, TN.

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