Injury and Violence Prevention News

November 2004
In this issue:
1. Pocket Card Guides Health Care Providers In Charting Injuries and Abuse
2. CDC Kit Helps Physicians Treat Concussions and Other Brain Injuries
3. MMWR Reports on Snowmobile Fatalities
5. Winter Safety Topics From Various Sources
6. Bullying Prevention Resources
7. BELSS Training on Injury Prevention December 1-2, St. Paul
8. Violence, Media, and Masculinity: Jackson Katz Comes to St. Paul
9. Fact Sheet on Traffic Safety and Community Design
10. December Media Opportunities (Commemorations)

1. Pocket Card Guides Health Care Providers In Charting Injuries and Abuse

A new product from MDH, called Charting: The invisible role of physicians in injury prevention, is a palm card for doctors and nurses that suggests what to include in chart notes, both for unintentional injuries and abuse. You may order free copies of the charting card for physicians or nurses in your area by calling 651-281-9857.

Also available is a presentation on the charting card that was given by MDH Injury and Prevention staff in August 2004 at Pediatric Grand Rounds at the University of Minnesota. It stresses the importance of injury documentation and gives tips for complete documentation, particularly for injuries caused by abuse. The information would make a great addition to training for health care providers on screening for abuse. For more information or to invite IVPU staff to make a presentation, please call 651-281-9857.



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2. CDC Kit Helps Physicians Treat Concussions and Other Brain Injuries

Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice is a tool kit to aid physicians in diagnosing and managing mild traumatic brain injury, including sports concussions. In addition to practical, easy-to-use clinical information, the kit provides tools for educating patients and the community about risks and prevention, in English and Spanish. To order a free copy, complete the order form.



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3. MMWR Reports on Snowmobile Fatalities

Snowmobile Fatalities - Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, 2002-2003, published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Review in December 2003, reports on deaths in northern New England. The leading contributors were excessive speed, inattentive or careless operation, and inexperience. The article concluded that efforts to reduce snowmobile fatalities should focus on improving safety measures, including establishing speed limits, strengthening enforcement of snowmobile operating rules, and promoting safety education.



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5. Winter Safety Topics From Various Sources

Sledding
The Minnesota Safety Council has developed a fact sheet, called Sledding Safety Tips, on how to choose a safe sled and find a good location for sledding.

Senior falls
Another winter concern is falls among seniors. The Minnesota Safety Council has assembled fall prevention materials that include information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Safety Council, Hennepin County Community Health Department, and other national and local agencies.

Materials are suitable for seniors, families, and employers. They include:

  • Fall Prevention Home Safety Checklist
  • Guard Your Independence! Protect Yourself from Falls
  • Falls and Older Adults: The Facts
  • Falls and Older Adults: Home Safety Tips
  • Falls and Older Adults: Do Home Modifications Now

Multiple topics: smoke alarms, space heaters, chimneys, storms, and shoveling
Safe USA has produced the Winter Safety fact sheet with information on smoke alarms, space heaters, chimneys, storm survival, snow shoveling, winter driving, and safe walking in snow.



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6. Bullying Prevention Resources

Many organizations are developing resources and programs to prevent bullying. Here are some of them:

Children's Safety Network Resources
Read the draft fact sheet, Preventing Bullying: the Role of the Public Health Professional.

About Bullying, U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): These bullying prevention materials include brochures to stimulate discussion, public service announcements, and related links.

Violence Prevention/Restorative Measures, Minnesota Department of Education: A list of publications on preventing violence, particularly bullying, in schools.

Helping Young People Take Steps To Deal With... Bullying, Telling or Tattling, Minnesota Department of Health: Part of A Place to Start: A Resource Kit for Preventing Sexual Violence.



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7. BELSS Training on Injury Prevention December 1-2, St. Paul

Dec 1-2: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Paul East Holiday Inn.

Training provided by Basic Emergency Lifesaving Skills in Schools (BELSS) describes curricula on injury prevention (Risk Watch), terrorism, disaster recovery, and CPR certification. Cost is $75 for individual registration or $50 per person for teams of three or more.
Registration forms are available online.



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8. Violence, Media, and Masculinity: Jackson Katz Comes to St. Paul

Jackson Katz, founder and director of Mentors in Violence Prevention Strategies and a former all-star football player, will present training in St. Paul December 8 and 9. He has developed a video, Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity and has appeared on network TV programs.

December 8: 7-9 p.m., Harding High School Auditorium, American Manhood and Violence Against Women, presentation is free and open to the public.
December 9: 8-11 a.m., Metropolitan State University, workshop for educators who work with youth to build violence prevention skills, $20 fee, contact Moira Lynch.
December 9: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Metropolitan State University, luncheon meeting for people who work with men who abuse, $10 fee, contact Moira Lynch.



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9. Fact Sheet on Traffic Safety and Community Design

What is the role of the street and built environment in pedestrian injuries and deaths, particularly among children and older adults? And what can public health do about it? A fact sheet from the National Association of County and City Health Officials, How Can Local Public Health Agencies Contribute to Traffic Safety and Community Design Planning?, describes the issue, statistics, and ways that local public health can work with planners and elected officials to prevent injuries.



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10. December Media Opportunities (Commemorations)

National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month
National Commission Against Drunk Driving, 3D Prevention Month Coalition

Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Prevent Blindness America



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Also see > National Center for Injury Prevention & Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the latest injury prevention news at the national-level.


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Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
PO BOX 64882
ST PAUL MN 55164-0882
(651) 201-5484
injury.prevention@health.state.mn.us

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