The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department attendance figures for unintentional injuries in children and young adults aged 0-24 years living in Wales. Unintentional injuries are presented by year, age and location type (e.g. home, school, public highway etc.)
Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.
In the last 10 years nearly 7,000 cyclists have been hit and killed in cyclist-motorist accidents. The goal of the ‘Dear Motorist’ initiative is to reduce that number by creating an alliance between Cyclists and Motorists to be more aware of each other and to share the road. The website is encouraging cyclists and motorists to pledge to be more aware of their surroundings on the road, by committing to drive and cycle as responsibly as they can.
The Children’s Burns Research Network will be holding our first showcase event next year with a one day meeting on ‘Building a Children’s Burns Research Network’ on 6th June 2014 at the Mshed, Bristol.
This event will be of interest to all disciplines working with children’s burns. The day will include international keynote speakers, presentations of current research, workshops to develop collaborative research ideas and evidence into practice sessions.
On Thursday 5th December, the European Child Safety Alliance along with its country partners and 3 key sponsors, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Kid Rapt Ltd. in the United Kingdom and the Consumer Safety Commission (CSC) in France (3), released the Child Product Safety Guide: Potentially dangerous products. This Guide has been written to increase knowledge as a step toward reducing child injuries related to products that are in regular use by children and their caregivers. It provides comprehensive information on 26 products that child safety experts in Europe and evidence-based research have identified as posing injury risks to children.
A new World Health Organisation (WHO) report, “International perspectives on spinal cord injury” was published on 2 December 2013. This notes that as many as 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year.
IOBI would like to extend a huge thank you to Professor David Stone for all of his support over the years and wish him all the best in his retirement!
Further information about David’s career and contribution to the field be found here.
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000. The funding goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit children, the elderly and adults and children with disabilities, living in the local communities around stores in the UK.
If you are looking for funding, this is a source you may want to consider. For further information on this fund please have a look here and for the award guidelines click here.
Every year thousands of infants need medical care for poisoning from products commonly found in and around the home, with on average 15 under-5s admitted to hospital each day due to suspected poisoning. With this in mind, RoSPA and the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of household cleaning products.
Countries Covered: Low and Middle Income Countries Date: 2013
The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), with funding provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is launching the Saving of Lives from Drowning Grants Initiative to fund 2-3 projects focusing on innovative interventions for drowning prevention in low- and middle-income countries. Grants will be typically in the range of US$ 50,000 – 75,000 (inclusive of all costs) for a period of no more than 12 months for each award.
Preference will be given to projects from low-middle income regions/countries with a known high burden of drowning and that are innovative in nature, either testing innovative interventions or using innovative methods to evaluate existing interventions (even if they have previously been tested in high-income countries).
Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm Eastern Standard Time (USA) on Monday, 6 January 2014 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Children’s Bureau has produced a report – Greater Expectations – which examines 12 key indicators to determine whether children in this country are still experiencing inequality and disadvantage. This new report shows that far from improving over time, the situation today appears to be no better than it was nearly five decades ago. Accident prevention is mentioned quite a lot and you can access a copy of the report using the following link: http://www.ncb.org.uk/12976.
In early 2014 new regulations will come into force regarding window blind safety. The revised standard will ensure that new blinds must be safe by design or be supplied with the appropriate child safety device installed.
On 11th September a Parliamentary question was lodged asking the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to warn parents and carers of the danger from children swallowing laundry or dishwasher tablets. To see the response please click here.
Children in Wales and Public Health Wales have produced an information sheet on the dangers of nicotine poisoning. All products containing nicotine, such as cigarettes, ashtrays, gum, patches, sprays, lozenges and e-cigarettes, should be kept away from children as these products can be attractive to curious children.
This research, commissioned by Children in Wales and published in BMC Public Health journal, explored mothers’ knowledge and awareness of child injury prevention and sought to discover mothers’ views about the best method of designing interventions to deliver appropriate child safety messages to prevent injury in the home. The findings suggested that timely childhood injury-related risk messages should be delivered during pregnancy and in line with developmental milestones of the child, through a range of sources including social networks, mass media, face-to-face advice from health professionals and other suitably trained mothers. In addition information on the safe use of home appliances around children and use of child safety equipment should be targeted specifically at those who have recently migrated to the United Kingdom.
As part of the Now I Know programme run by the NSPCC, more than 4,500 “ChildLine Champions” will teach children between the ages of 9 and 11 about abuse, neglect and what to do if it’s happening to them.
The CMO for Wales new Annual Report 2012-2013 shows that external causes are the 2nd largest contributor to inequalities in the life expectancy gap. A graph on page 14 of the CMO’s report shows that when comparing most and least deprived quintiles in Wales between 2008-2010, external causes contribute to 14.7 months of the life expectancy gap, with circulatory disease being the main contributor at 19.9 months.
An interactive safety resource for primary school children in Scotland, called Go Safe Scotland, has been launched in Glasgow. This resource will help to deliver key safety messages and support the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence. Many partners have been involved throughout the creation of the resource and RoSPA in Scotland is pleased to be involved with this great initiative.
The Neighbourhood Alert System, is a new tool used to communicate with Neighbourhood Watches and other local residents about local and national safety issues. Information and alerts that are relevant to you, your area and your interests can be received by registering via the NWS website and clicking on the big green ‘Join’ button.
The new Road Safety Framework for Wales published last month (22 July 2013) sets a target for a 40% reduction in the total number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads by 2020.
The framework, published by the Welsh Government, also includes targets for a 25% reduction in the number of motorcyclists KSI and a 40% reduction in the number of young people (16-24 yrs) KSI in the same timeframe.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the UK’s leading accident prevention charity, and Sportscover, established in 1986 as a worldwide specialist sports and leisure insurer, will collaborate on safety campaigns, policy and industry initiatives. A key focus will be on identifying emerging risks leading to injuries and accidents in the sector to create a better understanding of what is at the root of these problems and how to tackle them.
The report presents the first global systematic review of scientific data on the prevalence of two forms of violence against women: violence by an intimate partner (intimate partner violence) and sexual violence by someone other than a partner (non-partner sexual violence). It shows, for the first time, global and regional estimates of the prevalence of these two forms of violence, using data from around the world. Previous reporting on violence against women has not differentiated between partner- and nonpartner violence.
The Commission launched a public consultation on the new EU occupational safety and health policy framework. The main purpose of this consultation is to gather insights and contributions from the public further to results of the evaluation of the European Strategy on Safety and Health at Work 2007-2012.
In a joint statement, EuroSafe and seven related EU-level organisations representing a broad social and economic spectrum in Europe, urge the Commission to revise its proposal for a Regulation on the Market Surveillance of Products (COM(2013)75) and to include a clear and binding provision that requires Member States (MSs) to collect data on product related injuries
and to enable the Commission to create an EU-funded accident and injury data system that embraces all MSs.
Standard domestic smoke detectors may not always wake children in the event of a fire, according to research by the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Forensic Science and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service.
Young Scottish and Welsh men, some watersports and areas with the greatest amount of inland water should be targeted for drowning prevention campaigns, according to the findings of a pioneering analysis of water fatality figures.
The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has welcomed the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee’s recommendation that private sector landlords be required to undertake a mandatory five-yearly check of electrical installations in their properties.
Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans, has launched Road Safety Scotland’s new and ground-breaking Parental Influence campaign. The aim of this campaign is to reduce casualty rates, now and in the future, through encouraging parents to think about how important they are as role models to their children in the car.
RoSPA has created a short film, Facing up to Falls, as part of its Safer Homes project in England. The film aims to provide families and older people with practical steps to avoid falls by highlighting key issues that lead to a fall. The film contains advice on preventing a fall and involves real-life experiences of older people. To view this short film click here and please do share it with others.
Children’s centres were established across England to provide a range of services including early education, social care and health to pre-school children and their families. The authors surveyed children’s centres to ascertain the activities they were undertaking to prevent unintentional injuries in the under fives. The authors concluded children’s centres need further support if they are to effectively tackle this important public health area.
The Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) now contains an injury indicator for children and young people – ‘Hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries in children and young people aged 0-14 and 15-24 years’.
Country: UK Date: 2013 This DH guidance helps health professionals including midwives, health visitors and school nurses to recognise factors that may indicate domestic violence and abuse and describes steps to ensure appropriate support and referral where necessary.
Country: UK Date: 2013 Determining patterns and trends in child injury mortality can identify groups at particularly high risk. This study compares trends in child deaths due to injury in the four home countries between 1980 and 2010.
Country: UK Date: 2013 Mental health lessons should be on the timetable in every secondary school in the UK a new charity has urged. MindFull has launched an online counselling service to support and advise 11- to 17-year-olds.
This new document from Age UK explains the research base for falls prevention exercise to give a better understanding of the programmes that have been shown to be effective in preventing falls. The guide also provides examples of evidence-based programmes that are currently in practice and demonstrates how they contribute to an integrated falls care pathway.
Country: Wales Date: 2013
A programme set up to look at trends in child deaths in Wales has published the findings of a review into deaths of teenagers in motor vehicles. Public Health Wales, which hosts the Child Death Review Programme, recommends in its report that the Welsh Government looks at different ways of licensing teenage drivers to prevent fatal road crashes.
Country: Wales Date: Autumn 2013
Mind Cymru’s Positive Choices project, is running public ASIST courses in autumn 2013.
29-30 October Newport / 9-10 December Cardiff / 5-6 September Ceredigion / 22-23 October Swansea
Community for Recovery is a website set up by Re-Solv and Solve It, which provides direct access to professional advice, online counselling and peer support for those misusing volatile substances (VS-users) and their family and/or friends.
A new website has been developed by the group, Home Safety Scotland. This group consists of home safety officers, community safety officers, health promotion officers and others from various local authorities and health boards and representatives from private companies. The group meets every two months to discuss different ways to take home safety forward.
Older People’s Day is on 1 October 2013 to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to be a national celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and to the economy.
Country: UK Date: 2013
The Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and Alcohol Research UK invite proposals for research linking harms caused by alcohol to drinking behaviours.
This new tool presents data specifically relating to roads that are within the 500 metre radius around British schools. The tool has been developed to help local authorities, parents, teachers and drivers have a better understanding of the road risks in specific local areas. The data looks at all road related incidents that are reported to the police.
The third delivery plan of the Welsh Government’s 10 year Substance Misuse Strategy, “Working Together to Reduce Harm”, sets out the actions to be taken to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse.
“Lighting the Way” is an accessible information resource for those bereaved through suicide. The booklet contains important information on the practical and emotional processes involved immediately after the suicide.
Jointly developed by WHO, the FIA Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership and the World Bank, this road safety manual equips the reader with necessary information on: the magnitude of pedestrian death and injury; key risk factors; how to assess the pedestrian safety situation in a country or area and prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and evaluate effective interventions.
RoSPA have secured funding from the Scottish Government to roll out Scotland’s Home Safety Equipment Scheme (SHSES). This pilot project will involve working with eight local areas to ensure that 800 families benefit from a comprehensive package of safety equipment.
For further details on the project please contact Carlene McAvoy on email@example.com
A new child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health Midlands to support its Child Safety Awareness Programme (CSAP). The aim of the programme is to reduce and prevent unintentional injury to children within the home by supporting parents and carers to make the necessary changes to promote child safety.
To highlight just some of the local accident prevention work taking place across Wales, Children in Wales have produced a document “Child Safety in Wales; Examples of Interventions in Practice”. This bilingual publication shares experiences of 14 child safety projects and includes useful information on: partnerships; how each project started; how it is implemented; project costs; sustainability; challenges and lessons learned. The aim of this document is to share practice and experiences across Wales in order to support, encourage and enable practitioners and local policy makers to increase child safety activity in their areas.
Dublin City Council has joined the United Nations Women Safe Cities Global Programme (SCGP). The programme was launched in 2010 and works in cities across the globe to prevent and reduce sexual harassment and violence in public places.
An interesting article has been posted on the ScotPHO website which explains the latest thinking on assets and asset-based approaches to public health in Scotland. It describes the community development approaches which build positive assets that are perceived as ways of taking a preventative and ‘early intervention’ approach to some of the problems of health inequalities.
A child poverty map of the UK is now available on the End Child Poverty website. It provides a localised map of child poverty showing the level in each constituency, local authority and ward in the UK. The figures reveal the wide disparity in poverty rates across the UK and within regions.
The Office for National Statistics have produced a report on trends in avoidable deaths. An underlying data table includes a breakdown of trends for England, Wales and England and Wales combined by cause of death, sex and 5 year age groups. Injury-specific cause categories include: transport accidents; accidental injury (excluding transport); suicide and self-inflicted injuries; homicide/assault; misadventures to patients during surgical and medical care.
RoSPA Scotland recently supported an application by Clare Adamson MSP to establish a Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, which has been accorded recognition by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.
A new accident handbook titled ‘Delivering Accident Prevention at local level in the new public health system’ has just been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), supported by Public Health England (PHE) and funded by the Department of Health.
The report shows (amongst other things) that 84% of adults have the knowledge that heart disease is less likely among regularly active people. It also highlights that 88% have knowledge that overweight and obesity is also less likely among active people. However,only 21% were aware of the connection with regular activity and a reduction in injuries and accidents.
A Road Safety Observatory has been launched to offer access to independent road safety research and information for anyone working in road safety and for members of the public. It provides summaries and reviews of research on a wide range of road safety issues, along with links to original road safety research reports.
The Irish government is aiming to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 per year by 2020. Last year, 162 people lost their lives on Irish roads.
The target is contained in the government’s fourth Road Safety Strategy, Closing the Gap, which has just been launched. It is also aiming to reduce the number of serious injuries arising from road accidents to 330 per year by 2020.
More than 70 health organisations (PDF) from across the UK have backed a new independent alcohol strategy calling for the UK Government to prioritise Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP), amongst a set of key policies aimed at curbing the nation’s drink problem.
Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship annual community education campaign, raising awareness of serious childhood accidents and how to prevent them, without wrapping children in cotton wool.
This years Child Safety Week runs from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 June, with the theme ‘Be a Safety Hero’.
Countries Covered: World Date: 2013
This manual equips the reader with necessary information on: the magnitude of pedestrian death and injury; key risk factors; how to assess the pedestrian safety situation in a country or area and prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and evaluate effective interventions.
CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) want to celebrate and thank the thousands of Safety Heroes out there who do so much for children and young people. This Child Safety Week, you can nominate your Safety Hero – whoever they are, whatever they’ve done, CAPT want to know so that they can personally acknowledge their invaluable contribution. Find out more on the CAPT website
The United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council (of which the UK is a member) has recently adopted a Resolution on Children’s Right to Health and highlights that families’ and caregiver’ capacities to provide the child with care and a safe environment should be promoted.
Specifically, in Section 24, the Resolution calls on member states to reduce the burden of child injuries, and to adopt measures to reduce road traffic accidents, drowning, burns and other accidents in the home.
Men who are heavy drinkers and homeless for long periods of time have 400 times the number of head injuries as the general population, according to a new study by researchers who said they were shocked by their findings.
These men have 170 times as many severe head injuries as the general population and 300 times as many injuries that cause bleeding in the brain.
An award winning initiative to prevent young people being killed or seriously injured on our roads. A live stage show based around a filmed reconstruction of a road traffic collision delivering hard-hitting messages about the dangers associated with driving.
After her own accident left her unable to walk, Sophie Morgan wants to know why traffic collisions are the single biggest killer of young people – and how that can be stopped. With exclusive access and insight into a number of high profile cases from the moment of the crash through to resolution in the courts, she meets people who, like her, have seen their lives changed forever in a single instant – whether they were injured or they were driving the car.
Countries Covered: Europe Date: 2013
EuroSafe’s the fourth edition of Injuries in the European Union is being released. The report reveals that an annual average of 40 million people within the EU need hospital treatment and 233.000 people die as a result of an injury event.
On the occasion of the European Consumer Day organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on March in Brussels, a coalition of 28 European umbrella organisations issued a Joint Call urging European Institutions and the Member States to create an EU-funded accident and injury data system under the coordination of the European Commission.
The Strategy – ‘Closing the Gap’ – will run until 2020 and aims to make Ireland one of the safest countries in terms of road deaths in the EU. It will also focus on new measures to reduce the number and severity of serious injuries arising from road collisions.
The new Strategy sets a specific target for 2020 to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 a year (from 162 in 2012) and serious injuries to 330 per year (from 485 in 2012). This drop is necessary to close the gap between Ireland and other best performing countries such as the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.
Hundreds of families are being given the opportunity to secure essential home safety equipment in areas of Scotland as part of a special scheme.
Scotland’s Home Safety Equipment Scheme, which was launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) on April 11th 2013, has been made a reality thanks to £265,000 of funding from the Scottish Government. This approach supports the Early Years Collaborative, which aims to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up by reducing inequalities for all families across the country and ensuring that all children have the best start in life.
This study demonstrates the feasibility of an innovative approach to translational public health by targeting local politicians in a randomised controlled trial. The intervention package was positively viewed and raised interest but changes in interventions were not statistically significance. Longer term supported advocacy may be needed.
Citation: Lyons, RA et al (2013) The Advocacy for Pedestrian Safety Study: Cluster Randomised Trial Evaluating a Political Advocacy Approach to Reduce Pedestrian Injuries in Deprived Communities. PloS one.
Countries Covered: UK Date: 2013
A series of three new hard hitting TV adverts has been launched as part of the This is Abuse campaign to raise awareness and challenge abusive behaviour in teenager relationships
Country Covered: Wales Date: 2013
The Welsh Government has published new guidance for bus companies, governing bodies and local authorities about the use of seat belts on school transport which will be compulsory on school transport from October 2014.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has produced a number of topic briefings of relevance for those who commission services for children and families. These briefings will help commissioners understand what an effective accident prevention programme looks like in terms of parental engagement, working with the voluntary section, and injury prevention co-ordination. Links to briefings are available on the Making the Link website: www.makingthelink.net/topic-briefings
CAPT has produced a free, downloadable guide to commissioning effective child accident prevention services, both as a standalone programme and as an integral part of wider services for children and families.
Fire Kills – the Government ‘s channel for promoting fire safety – has launched a brand new campaign to urge people to do one extra thing when they put their clocks forward this year: check their smoke alarm.
RoSPA’s revised home safety position statements are now available. The position statements cover a wide range of home safety issues and concerns. The document can be viewed within the home safety section of the RoSPA website but here is a direct link to it: http://www.rospa.com/HomeSafety/PositionStatements/index.html.
The government has announced that the definition of domestic violence will be widened to include those aged 16-17 and wording to reflect coercive control. The decision follows a Government consultation which saw respondents call overwhelmingly for this change.
This report presents new figures on the cost of violence, estimating national costs to the NHS and a wider cost to society, in order to provide information and evidence for policy makers and commissioners to use in developing preventative approaches with stra-tegic partners. It aims to increase awareness and strengthen commitment to prevention across government, NHS, local authori-ties, private and voluntary sectors as well as education, employers and other agencies.
The lack of evidence does not allow for a conclusion regarding the efficacy of MAP on their own, or as compared to brief intervention, moderate drinking, no intervention or 12-step variants. It is the review authors’ opinion that it is likely to be the objective of MAPs that reduce their reportability and use in current practice, rather than a failure to provide an intervention that reduces the effects of alcohol dependence.
Much more evidence is needed to demonstrate the relative effectiveness of different psychological therapies or the effectiveness of psychological therapies compared to other treatments. More details are required in future trials in regards to the types of trauma that preceded the diagnosis of PTSD and whether the traumas are single event or ongoing. Future studies should also aim to identify the most valid and reliable measures of PTSD symptoms and ensure that all scores, total and sub-scores, are consistently reported.
Citation: Gillies D, Taylor F, Gray C, O’Brien L, D’Abrew N. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2012 612(online): CD00672
The Department of Health has launched a new cross-government strategy ‘Preventing suicide in England’. The strategy will focus on supporting bereaved families and preventing suicide amongst at risk groups and is backed by a call to action led by the Samaritans and up to £1.5 million for new research.
Significant rises in the overall UK suicide rate and in the proportion of men aged between 45 and 59 killing themselves have been reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Male suicides are now at their highest rate for nearly a decade, although they are still proportionally fewer than they were 30 years ago. The rate among men aged 45-59, which has gone up sharply in recent years, is at its worst since 1986.
The North West Public Health Observatory has updated the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) for 2012. Alcohol indicators are provided at both local authority and primary care trust level. There is also a monthly bulletin, ‘Alcohol e-Shot’, highlighting the latest alcohol research evidence, reports, media articles and other resources.
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue’s latest advertising campaign is urging members of the public to ‘Join the Fight against Fire‘. The campaign is aimed at reducing fire, fire casual-ties and fatalities in the home and is one of the most innovative and extensive multi media campaigns undertaken by a Fire & Rescue Service in response to high numbers of fires in the home.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has secured a top health and safety award from RoSPA, after they reduced the number of staff injuries by nearly 40 per cent in three years. Devon & Somer-set Fire & Rescue Service launched an improvement programme on the back of recommendation by RoSPA, which led to staff injuries dropping from 216 during 2009/10 to 136 in 2011/12 – a fall of 80 casualties.
Additional strategies are needed to increase the compliance of em-ployers and workers to the safety measures that are prescribed by regulation. Continuing company-oriented inter-ventions among management and construction workers, such as a targeted safety campaign or a drug-free work-place programme, seem to have an effect in reducing injuries in the longer term.
Citation: Van der Molen HF, Lehtola MM, Lappalainen J, Hoonakker PL, Hsiao H, Haslam R, Hale AR, Frings-Dresen MH, Verbeek JH. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2013 12(ePub): CD006251
In the framework of the project ‘Safety in Sports’ a report has been produced on the burden of sport injuries in the EU-region. The aim of Safety in Sports is to increase the knowledge on the prevention of acute and chronic sports injuries. Reducing the magnitude and severity of sports related injuries in Europe is the ultimate goal of the project.
A new government-funded study is to be carried out into how Britain’s roads could be made safer for cyclists to re-duce the risk of cycling injuries, encourage more people to use bikes and improve public health.
The consultation ended on 01 February 2013, but the aims was to examine whether the speed limit for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageways, is set at the right level. This consultation follows a commitment published in ‘The Logistics Growth Review – Connecting People with Goods’ document in November 2011, and is supported by industry stakeholders who say the 40 mph speed limit causes unnecessary costs to vehicle operators, congestion, avoidable overtaking collisions and creates an uneven playing field for businesses.
IOBI has warmly welcomed a move by the Welsh Assembly to encourage local authorities in Wales to implement more 20mph limits, in recognition of the proven road safety benefits. The Assembly voted on and passed the motion during an open debate today. The Assembly’s move comes only two weeks after the UK government produced new guidance for local authorities in England encouraging them to implement 20mph limits in residential areas, in areas where lots of people walk or cycle (or where there’s the potential for such), and where there is local community demand for lower limits.
A new national campaign, Go 20, is set to encourage drivers in the UK to slow their speed to 20 mph in their communities and built up areas so that children, families and adults can walk and cycle in safety. Brake charity is heading the campaign to raise awareness amongst drivers. NHF is a supporter of the campaign. Visit the Road Safety Week website to read more about the Go 20 campaign.
Greater compliance with seatbelt legislation could help save lives in road crashes says RoSPA, as it marks the 30th anniversary of the law coming into force. There is evidence to show that seatbelt use in Great Britain remains high, with 95 per cent of car drivers and front seat passengers complying with the law. But RoSPA is concerned that seatbelt use is lower in the rear of cars (89 per cent) and in the front seat of other vehicles (69 per cent).
A graduate entrepreneur has invented a handlebar mounted bike lightwhich projects a laser image of a cyclist on to the road ahead, in an attempt to cut cyclist deaths. Her invention, ‘Blaze’, gives an early warning to drivers and pedestrians of a cyclist’s presence, aiming to combat this type of collision. Ms Brooke is currently attempting to raise £25,000 on ‘crowd-funding’ site Kickstarter to fund manufacturing of the product.
In a move to attempt to reduce cyclist casualties in London, Transport for London (TfL) has approved a detection system which warns a HGV driver if there is a cyclist, pedestrian or other vehicle in a blind spot.
Of the 16 cyclist fatalities in London during 2011, nine involved a HGV.
To help combat this, TFL has approved the use of the ‘Blindspot Detection System’, produced by Bridgend-based company Backwatch, for its Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
The London Road Safety Council (LRSC) has criticised the Governmentfor a lack of leadership in tackling road deaths and has called for renewed commitment to road safety. The LRSC comprises officer and elected member representatives from the 33 London boroughs.
RoSPA in Northern Ireland have launched a hair straightener campaign called Too Hot to Handle to help raise awareness of the dangers of hot hair straighteners. A blog on this campaign can be found on our blog spot Safety Gone Sane. There is also an accompanying campaign video.
The current literature on barriers and facilitators to the implementation of fall-prevention programmes examines a variety of interventions. We recommend that successful implemen-tation requires individuals, professionals, and organisations to modify established behaviours, thoughts, and prac-tice. The issues identified through this synthesis need to be fully considered and addressed if fall-prevention pro-grammes are to be successfully implemented into clinical practice.
The British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) has produced a series of three booklets designed to assist those who work with older people to interpret the UK physical activity guidelines into appropriate messages. The three booklets are designed to reflect the differences among the older population.
The briefing ‘Don’t Mention the F-Word’ by Age UK, summarises the findings from the research report Encouraging Positive Attitudes to Falls Preven-tion in Later Life. This report gives advice to practitioners on communicating falls prevention methods to older people and is well worth a read.
The National Osteoporosis Society and Age UK have launched theFalls and Fractures Declaration, a collaborative response to the changes and reforms within the NHS. This declaration is the result of a commitment from the National Osteoporosis Society and Age UK to reducing hip fractures and falls related inju-ries in older people over the next 5 years.
The ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP) will support a new project that aims to bring together innovative initiatives, individual solutions, local, regional and na-tional programmes for falls prevention in Europe. This project, called “Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND)”, will the issue of the rising toll of fall injuries.
In March 2013 the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) will be launched. ProFouND is a The-matic Network with 21 partners from 12 countries, and currently associate members from a further 10 countries. Pro-FouND will act to disseminate and implement best practice in falls prevention across Europe. ProFouND’s objective is to embed evidence based fall prevention programmes for elderly people at risk of falls by using novel ICT in at least 10 countries/15 regions by 2015 so as to facilitate widespread implementation.
The free online tool primarily reinforces the use of the “10 principles for effective safety education” and has been de-signed to support the work of LASER Alliance, its members, and those involved in producing resources, to support practical safety and risk education. The Profiler can help identify resources’ strengths; sharing effective practice to promote risk competence.
The Early Years Collaborative was launched on 1 October 2012 at a multi-sector event hosted by Ministers, the Chief Medical Officer and COSLA as chairs of the Early Years Taskforce. The multi-agency Early Years Collaborative works on the basis that there is strong evidence about costs and out-comes of current practice, but much of this is not being used in daily work. The Collaborative will help organisations close that gap by creating a structure in which partners can easily learn from each other and from recognised experts in areas where they want to make improvements.
High-quality studies were limited. The New Injury Severity Score (NISS) might perform better in the mortality predic-tion of blunt injuries than the Injury Severity Score (ISS). Additional studies are required to standardize the deriva-tion of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-based Injury Severity Score (ICISS) and determine the relative per-formance of the ICISS against the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) based tools.
Citation: Authors: Tohira H, Jacobs I, Mountain D, Gibson N, Yeo A. Scand. Periodical: J. Trauma Resusc. Emerg. Med. 2013 20(1): 63.
A huge amount of research on preventing injuries is carried out across the world. It is difficult for injury prevention practitioners to keep up to date with the latest scientific evidence. Increasingly, scientists are pulling together all the high quality studies on particular topics and collating the results in systematic reviews.
The 2013 Work Plan of the Health Programme was published on 8 December 2012. It sets the annual priorities for implementation of EU Health Programme. Based on the decision of 8 December 2012, the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) launched on 20th of December the calls for proposals for joint actions, operating grants, projects and conferences. The calls for tenders will be launched in the course of year 2013. In order to be alerted of when open calls for tender are launched, you are advised to sign-up to the mailing list.
The Collaboration for Accident Prevention and Injury Control (CAPIC), an IOBI collaborator, have produced a report titled ‘ The Burden of Injury in Wales’ in collaboration with Public Health Wales. It is the first report in 10 years to focus on the burden that injuries place on the Welsh population. A key finding is that injuries result in three deaths, 115 hospital admissions and 1,200 A&E attendances every day in Wales
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have produced a booklet aimed at ‘decision makers in public health’ to highlight the impact that effective accidental injury prevention can have on the health of their populations.