Predictable and Preventable: Historical and Current Efforts to Improve Child Injury Prevention
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BACKGROUND: Childhood injuries are a global epidemic. Accidents resulting in childhood injury and death were first identified as a concern over a century ago. However, "accidents" leading to injury were not recognized as being predictable and preventable until more recently. OBJECTIVES: To describe the worldwide epidemic of childhood injuries, and look at international successes in the field of injury prevention. METHODS: Literature pertaining to injury prevention was reviewed to describe the history of childhood injury prevention, guiding principles of injury prevention, successful strategies for prevention, and future directions. RESULT AND CONCLUSION: Through surveillance, evidence-based injury prevention initiatives, and multi-disciplinary collaboration, we anticipate further reduction in childhood injuries.
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