The surveillance of childhood accidents: providing the evidence for accident prevention



In 1992, the Department of Health (DoH) included accidents as a key area in The Health of the Nation document. This reflects the vast number of children who attend accident and emergency (AANDE) departments every year following an unintentional injury. The aim of this study was to identify the target groups and priorities for accident prevention for children and young adults who attend the AANDE department of New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK. Structured interviews were conducted by a research nurse in the AANDE department at various times during a 1-year period. The data presented in this chapter are those for the first month of data collection, March 1997. Health visitors, paediatric nurses, school nurses and general nurses working in AANDE will be able to incorporate these specific local data into their practice. Their clinical practice will thus be underpinned by relevant, locally derived research evidence.


School Nurse Health Visitor Protective Clothing Unintentional Injury Accident Data 
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