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questions.
 
Hank Weiss MS, MPH
Research Assistant Professor
Center for Violence and Injury Control
Allegheny University of the Health Sciences
One Allegheny Center, Suite 510
320 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-4772
 
Email:  [log in to unmask]
Phone:(412) 330-6127, Fax:     (412) 330-6122
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The Center for Violence and Injury Control at the Allegheny University of
the Health Sciences, is pleased to announce the release of a new publication
and Web site devoted to describing characteristics of Child & Adolescent
Emergency Department Visits in the United States. This project was sponsored
by the MCHB Emergency Medical Services for Children Program.
 
The Child & Adolescent Emergency Department Visit Databook and Web Site
(www.pgh.auhs.edu/childed) is a compilation of highlights and detailed
findings from the 1992-94 CDC/National Center for Health Statistics National
Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Emergency Department Survey (NCHS NHAMCS)
focusing on children and adolescents. The goals of this project were to
describe on a nationally representative basis the incidence, characteristics
and payments of emergency department (ED) visits, involving children and
adolescents in narrow age groupings. Chapters focus on comparisons to
adults, injuries, medical visits, and medications.
 
This is the first time the incidence, characteristics and payments of child
and adolescent ED visits have been reported using nationally representative
data with such narrow age group analyses. The databook contains 30 graphs
and more than 85 detailed tables. This information will be valuable for
practitioners, planners, administrators, researchers and public health
officials.
 
Some of the injury data highlights include:
* 13,562,000 child and adolescent visits per year were injury-related
(17.8/100).
* Children <3 comprised the largest proportion of both injury- and
medically-related visits
* Falls were the leading injury mechanism in child and adolescent visits.
* 44% of child and adolescent injuries treated in the ED occurred at home.
* Work-related injuries accounted for 15% of injury-related ED visits in
18-20 year olds.
* $4.0 billion per year in ED costs was paid for injury-related child and
adolescent visits.
 
Highlights and Adobe Acrobat copies may be downloaded from the companion
World Wide Web site at: www.pgh.auhs.edu/childed
 
To obtain complimentary printed copies contact:
Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Clearinghouse
2070 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 450
Vienna, VA 22182-2536
Phone: 703/821-8955 Fax: 703/821-2098
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Web: www.ems-c.org
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Hank Weiss MS, MPH
Research Assistant Professor
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Center for Violence and Injury Control
Allegheny University of the Health Sciences
One Allegheny Center, Suite 510
320 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-4772
 
 
 
 
This project was completed by the Center for Violence and Injury Control at
the Allegheny University of the Health Sciences and was sponsored in part
through an agreement with the University of Pittsburgh under a grant from
the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program
 
For more information, send mail to [log in to unmask] with the message: info PED-EM-L
The URL for the PED-EM-L Web Page is:
  http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Emergency_Medicine/ped-em-l.html