Preventing Fire, Burn and Bicycle Injuries

2009 Fiscal Year

Traumatic injury as a public health problem is enormous. As a trauma center for both adults and pediatrics, Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital (MSJH) has a commitment to implement prevention strategies to decrease the incidence of traumatic injuries.

More children die of injury than of all other causes combined. It is the responsibility of adults to ensure that children have a safe environment in the home and in areas of play.

Trauma Services of Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital and Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital has coordinated community education around the areas of fire and burn prevention and bicycle safety.

The fire and burn prevention program was implemented in 2009 in coordination with Safe Kids Wood County.

“Combined, we distributed a book written by a Wisconsin author entitled Brecker Bunny: A lesson in Fire and Burn Safety, to every kindergarten class in Wood County,” said Amy Schmidt, BSN, RN, pediatric trauma program coordinator, at Ministry Saint Joseph’s. “In 2010, this project was expanded further by the North Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council and reached an additional nine counties.”

Trauma Services continues to read the Brecker Bunny books at community events and has most recently participated in book readings in October at the "Get Fired Up" event in Marshfield and at the Stratford Family Resource Center.

Ministry Saint Joseph’s is also home to a “Think First” chapter. “Think First” is a national brain and spinal cord injury prevention program. This program is partially funded through Children's Miracle Network. Recently, we have been able to provide bicycle helmets to pediatric patients and their families in addition to community members. Helmets are provided with “Think First” funds as well as a grant provided by the North Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council.

Here’s an interesting fast fact: a bicycle helmet for children ages 3-14 yields an estimated cost savings of $580, for a cost of only $12 per helmet. In 2010, Ministry Saint Joseph’s was the site of a bicycle rodeo and community safety day. We are in the beginning stages with planning the 2011 event. In 2010, the event reached almost 100 individuals from nine communities.

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