Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Child, Parenting, and Healthcare Provider Issues

Prevent Intentional Abuse of Loperamide

Abuse of loperamide, an anti-diarrhea medication available over-the-counter under the brand name Imodium®, is becoming a growing problem. Since there are currently no treatment protocols for loperamide abuse or toxicity, prevention is key. This includes early detection and connection to treatment and resources for those suffering with opioid substance use disorder.

Webinar Recording Available: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Developmental Disabilities

For many healthcare providers, it can be challenging to distinguish between behaviors associated with a developmental disability and behaviors resulting from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It takes coordination across multiple disciplines to ensure early and accurate diagnosis and treatment of ACEs and/or developmental disabilities. On March 5, 2019, CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI)  hosted a webinar titled "Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities" that provided actionable information for healthcare providers to meet these challenges.

Taking Action to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is preventable, and outreach and education must be stepped up to prevent CO poisoning from occurring.

Educating on Firearm Safety in the Emergency Department

Read an abbreviated version of a blog on the development of a program to provide consultation, education, and materials on firearm safety to patient families seen in CHOP's Emergency Department.

Registration Now Open for Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities Webinar

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) is hosting a free webinar for clinical providers called "Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities Webinar" on March 5, 2019, at 12:00-1:30 PM EST.

Sexual Misconduct and Sports: Tips for a Safe Environment

With the recent stories of child abuse within sports (including recent suicide of a champion figure skater following allegations of sexual misconduct toward minors), here are some tips on how clinicians can guide families on how to keep their children safe while enjoying sports.

Reducing CT Use in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

New CHOP research, published in Pediatric Emergency Care, demonstrated that new ED guidelines for limiting computed tomography (CR) of the brain to evaluate for bleeding after a head injury were sustainable across five years.

Autism and Police: Using Virtual Reality to Train for Safe Interactions

For individuals with autism spectrum disorders, differences in communication may make interacting with strangers a challenging experience. When the stranger is a police officer, the encounter can quickly become dangerous for everyone involved. Read more to learn about a CHOP study testing the effectiveness of a virtual reality tool to improve the safety of interactions between police and adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders.