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Suicide Screening in Adolescents: The Potential To Save A Life

This guest blog post authored by Jeremy Esposito, MD, a third year fellow in pediatric emergency medicine at CHOP, explores the topic of adolescent suicide and how the CHOP Emergency Department is employing a Behavioral Health Screen for all adolescents ages 14 to 19.

New Resource Alert: Trauma-informed Clinical Care Guide

The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress now offers reliable tools based on the DEF protocol to help identify, prevent, and treat traumatic stress responses at the time of need and within scope of practice.

Babies in the Front Seat? Volvo’s New Concept an Interesting Approach, but Not Ready for US Vehicles

Last month, Volvo introduced their Excellence Child Seat Concept in Sweden, which reimagines the front seat of passenger vehicles to allow for a restrained, rear-seated child passenger. In the concept, the front passenger seat swivels to aid the parent in securing the child into a child restraint system, and then swivels to position the child rear-facing in the vehicle. The Excellence Child Seat Concept not only illustrates a new idea that designs a vehicle interior around child passengers, but also highlights the differences in child passenger safety best practices between the US and Sweden.

Acceptable Concussion Risk in Professional vs. Youth Athletes

Probably along with many of you, our household cheered when the United States won the Women’s World Cup championship last month. Amidst the excitement for the win, however, one moment in the tournament stands out for me- a controversial decision in the USA vs. Germany game to allow two players back into the match following a head to head collision. Regardless of whether that was the correct call, I think it’s important to recognize that when it comes to concussion risk, coaches and clinicians should take a more conservative approach for youth athletes.

Join the Conversation for National Heatstroke Prevention Day 2015

Tomorrow, July 31st, marks NHTSA’s annual National Heatstroke Prevention Day, designed to bring awareness to this issue and share simple prevention tips with families. Unfortunately, an average of 37 children have died from heatstroke since 1998, the majority of which are accidentally left behind in a hot vehicle by a caregiver. Although this remains a complex topic, recent technological advancements represent an important step forward in finding a vehicle-based solution to avoiding these preventable tragedies.