Injuries are no accident! There is a common belief that childhood injuries ‘just happen’, are not preventable and are a normal part of growing up. However, injuries (the leading cause of childhood death) are very preventable. We now refer to ‘accidents’ as ‘unintentional injuries’. For many years, unintentional injuries have been the leading cause of death for persons ages 1-44 years http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/leadingcauses.html.
EMSC collaborates with other programs to help reduce fatal and non-fatal childhood injuries by educating healthcare providers and the public about risk and protective factors, safe practices, and providing updates in research and policy development.
Our partners include the Massachusetts State Child Fatality Team, the Infant Safe Sleep Taskforce, the MDPH Suicide Prevention Program, the Office of Emergency Medical Services, and other prevention-oriented agencies.