2014 EMSC Pediatric-Related News

NCTSN Resources on Coping with Unconfirmed Death (4/11/2014)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has developed resources that provide tips for parents and caregivers of children and teens on how to cope with unconfirmed death. In addition, NCTSN also offers resources on various trauma types affecting children.

New HRSA MCHB Funding Opportunity on Safe Infant Sleep Systems (2/27/2014)

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has released the new funding opportunity Safe Infant Sleep Systems Integration Program. The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to increase the adoption of safe infant sleep behaviors among infant caregivers. The awardee will provide leadership by establishing, facilitating, and coordinating a national safe infant sleep coalition with the purpose of integrating safe sleep promotion throughout systems that serve families, with a particular emphasis on reaching communities at higher risk for Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.

CIRP Publishes Research on Shopping Cart-Related Injuries among Children (2/17/2014)

The Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) at Nationwide Children's Hospital recently published new research in Clinical Pediatrics on the effect of the 2004 U.S. shopping cart safety standard on shopping cart-related injuries among children younger than 15 years of age by retrospectively analyzing data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

The most commonly injured body region was the head and the annual concussion/closed head injury rate per 10,000 children increased significantly by 213.3% from 0.64 in 1990 to 2.02 in 2011. CIRP suggests the following tips for parents:

  • Whenever possible, choose alternatives to placing your child in a shopping cart.

  • If you need to transport your child in a shopping cart, always use the shopping cart safety straps. Be sure your child is snugly secured in the straps and that the child's legs are placed through the leg openings. If parts of the cart restraint system are missing or are not working, choose another cart.

  • Use a cart that has a child seat that is low to the ground, if one is available.

  • Make sure your child remains seated.

  • Stay with the cart and your child at all times.

  • Avoid placing infant carriers on top of shopping carts. If your child is not old enough to sit upright by himself in the shopping cart seat, consider other options such as leaving your child at home with another adult while you are at the store, using in-store supervised child care areas, using a front- or back-pack carrier, or using a stroller.

CDC Releases Uniform Definition of Youth Bullying (1/31/2014)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Resources and Services Administration, released "Bullying Surveillance Among Youths: Uniform Definitions for Public Health and Recommended Data Elements, Version 1.0." This document is designed as a tool to help organizations, researchers, evaluators, community groups, educators, and public health officials define and gather systematic data on bullying to better inform research and prevention efforts. It is intended to improve the consistency and comparability of data collected on bullying as current efforts to characterize bullying vary considerably. The aim is that a uniform definition will allow better understanding of the true magnitude, scope, and impact of bullying and track trends over time.

FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council (1/30/2014)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. The Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, the youth leaders have the opportunity to complete a self-selected youth preparedness project and share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions, and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national youth preparedness organizations.

Eligible applicants should be between the ages of 12 and 17 and be actively engaged in individual and community preparedness or have experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community. Interested applicants must submit a completed application and two letters of recommendation. All applications and supporting materials must be received by February 24, 2014.

AAP Conducts Survey on Regional Pediatric Surge Networks (1/17/2014)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council, in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, are asking any health professional or public health representative who knows of a relevant network among agencies and organizations that collaborated in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters or public health emergencies to complete the Improving Regional Pediatric Surge Networks survey.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. For additional information about addressing children's need in regards to disaster preparedness and response, see the AAP Children and Disasters website or email DisasterReady@aap.org.