Injuries are the number one cause of morbidity and mortality among children in the United States. Education on risk prevention is a healthcare provider’s responsibility, however, many providers do not have the time, nor the training and resources, to adequately address these topics in well child visits.
As a result, the Ohio AAP is working diligently to address this issue by educating parents and healthcare providers. This educational outreach is accomplished through the following initiatives:
- Education and Sleep Environment (EASE) Online Learning Collaborative – The Ohio AAP developed the EASE Learning Collaborative to address the issue of inappropriate sleep environments being modeled by healthcare providers in hospital settings. As a result of this, many parents/caregivers adopt unsafe sleep habits/environments for their newborns.
- Injury Prevention/Safe Sleep Learning Collaborative – In children less than one year of age, motor vehicle collisions, drowning, physical abuse, and inappropriate sleep positioning and environments most commonly cause these injuries. The Ohio AAP developed two easy-to-use screening tools (birth-4 months and 6-12 months) for implementation into daily clinical practice that allows providers to quickly and efficiently review risky behaviors with families.
- Topic-Specific Efforts: