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  1. 1. 10 Lifesaving Tipsfrom ER Doctors A presentation ofquick tips & tricks Creative Sales and Marketing, IT strategies ACE Management Group Designed by Stacey L. Vernooy Phone:905-333-5698 [email_address] ** Please book in advance to confirm seating **
  2. 2. 10 Lifesaving Tips from ER Doctors
    • Take fall-proofing precautions
    • Get your kids in the helmet habit
    • Keep hot liquids out of kids' reach
    • Dont overlook hidden poison hazards
    • Check each room for choking dangers
    • Beware of even small quantities of water
    • Teach your kids to be respectful of animals
    • Lock up weapons
    • Protect feet from harm
    • Dont drive your car until everyone is buckled up
  3. 3. 1.Take fall-proofingprecautions
    • "Falls are the number-one reason
    • kids end up in the ER,"
    • Peter Glaeser
    • M.D., Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    • Children's Hospital Birmingham, Alabama.
    • A wriggly baby can roll off a changing table. A curious toddler can crawl out a window. And daredevil kids can jump off play equipment.
  4. 4. What you can do
    • 0 to 6 months
    • Never leave a baby unattended on a sofa, bed, or changing table.
    • Place carpeting beneath the crib and check that the rails are locked securely into place.
  5. 5. What you can do
    • 6 to 12 months
    • Move furniture away from windows
    • Put window guards on all second-story and higher windows
    • Install safety gates at the top and bottom of every staircase
  6. 6. What you can do
    • 12 months to 2 years
    • Keep stairways clear and place rubber pads beneath all loose rugs.
  7. 7. What you can do
    • A child is injured at the playground
    • every 2 minutes
    • American College of Emergency Physicians
    • Dallas, USA
    • 5 to 8 years old...
    • Supervise all indoor activity and be vigilant at the playground.
    • Most accidents occur when kids fall off swings, monkey bars, climbers, or slides.
  8. 8. What you can do
    • Warn your child about the dangers of doing daredevil stunts, like jumping off rocks.
    • Consider trampolines to be risky business, advise against using them in the home or playground.
  9. 9.
    • Get your kids in thehelmet habit
    • "The most frequent type of serious trauma to children is head injury,"
    • Dr. Baker.
    • 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities in children could be prevented by using helmets.
    • Whether your child is atop a bike or skateboard, wearing a helmet could prevent a concussion or even save her life.
  10. 10. What you can do
    • Family Rule:"No helmet, no biking"
    • Set a good example
    • If you establish the helmet habit early, putting one on will become second nature.
  11. 11. What you can do
    • A properly fitting helmet should also be standard gear for roller-skating, in-line skating, skiing, skateboarding, street hockey, and horseback riding
    • Leslie Zun, M.D.,
    • Chair of the Emergency Medicine Department
    • Mount Sinai Hospital
    • Chicago
  12. 12. What you can do
    • It is essential that the strap under the chin be securely buckled. The helmet shouldn't move around on your child's head or slip over his eyes.
    • When buying a helmet, look for a label indicating that it meets the safety standards of the Canadian Standards Association or the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.
  13. 13. 3. Keep hot liquids out of kids' reach.
    • Hot liquids are the most common cause of burns in young children
    • Dr. Glaeser
    • A baby sitting in your lap may reach for your cup and spill hot coffee over her hands, or a curious toddler may overturn a pot of boiling water on himself.
    • Children aged 4 and under are at greatest risk of scald burns (caused by hot liquids or steam) because they have thinner skin than older kids and adults.
  14. 14. What you can do
    • To reduce the risk of scald burns, never drink hot beverages while holding a child;
    • Keep containers of hot liquids away from table and counter edges so curious hands can't grab them;
    • Avoid using tablecloths that little fingers can tug on, overturning hot foods; and make the stove a no-kids zone.
    • Block access to the stove, cook on back burners and turn pot handles to the rear.
  15. 15. What you can do
    • When it comes to burns, the second most common danger zone is in your faucet.
    • "At 120 degrees it takes about ten minutes for a child to get a third-degree burn; at 160 degrees it takes just one second,
    • Dr. Glaeser
    • Make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120F.
    • If you can't control the heater, install an antiscald device on the faucet. This gadget reduces water flow to a trickle when the temperature reaches 120F.
  16. 16. What you can do
    • "Parents commonly fill the tub and don't check to see how hot the water is, which leads to scalding,"
    • Dr. Glaeser.
    • At bath time, always test the water before children step in.
  17. 17.
    • Dont overlook hidden poison hazards
    • "Parents forget that kids spend a lot of time in the kitchen, where cleaning fluids are often stored under the sink,"
    • Giora Winnik, M.D.,
    • Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    • Maimonides Medical Center
    • Brooklyn
    • More than one million children under age 6 are accidentally poisoned each year.
    • There is no federal mandate to sell chemicals in bottles with childproof caps
  18. 18.
    • Dont overlook hidden poison hazards
    • Even parents who lock up caustic cleansers often overlook hazards such as vitamins (those containing iron can be toxic to kids) and mouthwash (which can be poisonous due to their alcohol content).
    • "Some mouthwashes contain 25 percent alcoholthe equivalent of 50-proof liquor,"
    • Michael Bird, M.D.,
    • Pediatric Emergency
    • Children's Hospital Medical Center
    • Akron, OHIO
    • "It doesn't take much for kids to become intoxicated."
  19. 19.
    • Dont overlook hidden poison hazards
    • Too many parents store chemicals in familiar food containers.
    • By putting paint thinner in a juice jar or antifreeze in a soda bottle, for example, you're placing your kids in jeopardy.
    • "I once treated a 4-year-old girl who had severe mouth and stomach burns, her parents heard her gagging when they were cleaning up the basement. They found her holding a soda bottle that contained oven cleaner.
    • Dr. Baker.
  20. 20. What you can do
    • Store vitamins, medicines, liquor, cleaning products, pesticides, and fertilizers in original packaging and in locked cabinets.
    • Keep toiletries out of children's reach and flush expired medications down the toilet (instead of tossing them in the wastebasket).
    • In case of an emergency, post the number of your local poison-control center on every phone and keep activated charcoal or ipecac syrup handy.
  21. 21. What you can do
    • Don't administer the ipecac syrup until you speak to your child's doctor or a poison-control expert.
    • "Many toxic substances do more harm when children eject them, also, we usually give a child activated charcoal to absorb chemicals, and we can't do that if he is vomiting."
    • Dr. Bird
  22. 22. 5.Check each room forchoking dangers
    • Children, particularly toddlers, are at risk of choking because of their natural tendency to put just about anything in their mouths.
    • "I've seen everything from bolts and button batteries to balloons, pennies, and pieces of toys.Most of the time an object will pass right through a child's system. But coins and batteries can get stuck in the esophagus and erode its walls.
    • Dr. Baker & Dr Bird
  23. 23. What you can do
    • Buy only age-appropriate toys and inspect them regularly for damage. "If you can pull apart a toy, chances are, your preschooler can, too, so he shouldn't be playing with it," says Dr. Baker.
    • Purchase a small parts tester (available at toy stores for about $2), which is designed for testing objects small enough to pose a choking hazard to kids aged 3 and under.
  24. 24. What you can do
    • "The penny that fell out of your pocket may wind up in your child's mouth,"
    • Dr. Bird.
    • Whenever you enter a room, check the floor for tiny objects. Coins are one of the most common nonfood items likely to be swallowed by a child.
    • If an object blocks the flow of air to a child's lungs and she is unable to talk or make other sounds, immediate action is called for.
    • Every parent & caregiver should know CPR
  25. 25.
    • Beware of even small quantities of water