COLORADO SPRINGS — With kids spending more time at home this summer, it’s important (and timely) to remind parents of important tips to avoid preventable injuries and provide the community with information on how they can advocate for children who might be at risk for abuse.
Since the beginning of the year, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs has seen a 118% increase in the number of trauma cases presented in the emergency department. The majority of trauma cases are accidental and related to falls, sports injuries, bike accidents, trampoline injuries, bites, ATV accidents, car accidents, etc. However, we have also seen a 3-fold increase in non-accidental trauma between January and April.
There is a normal increase in trauma cases during the summer. However, kids are spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Children’s Hospital Colorado is seeing an earlier and greater increase in trauma. In April of 2020, Children’s surpassed the number of traumas seen in our emergency department last July.
This is a critical time for parents to not neglect basic safety measures when spending more time at home and dealing with the stress of the pandemic.
Examples of preventable accidents include:
- 64% of bike injury cases involved kids not wearing helmets
- More than 40% of traumas from falls occurred around the home – this can include recreational playing in the backyard or falling down stairs
- 23% of car-related trauma involved patients not wearing any seat restraint
While the goal is to keep kids out of the hospital, we also want to remind parents that if their child needs critical care, the hospital is a safe place to go – parents should not delay care for fear of COVID-19.
Here are some of the many community resources that can help alleviate challenging situations families are facing, now and anytime.
PEAK VISTA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS
CARE AND SHARE FOODBANK SOUTHERN COLORADO