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Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention

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Akron Children's Hospital Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention Program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Health.

Overview

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death in children and adolescents in the U.S.  In 2014, Summit County had 17,971 pediatric injuries; with falls, struck by/struck against, and sports and recreation injuries heading the top three causes.  A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.  The injury can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Brain injury is one of the leading sports-related injuries resulting in the death of children. 

Our Program

Akron Children's Hospital's Unintentional Child/Youth Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI) Prevention program's goal is to prevent TBI injuries among Summit County infants ages 0-1 due suffocation/strangulation from unsafe sleep; injuries to children ages 0-18 due to unintentional falls and children age 5-18 caused by bicycle/pedestrian injuries; and children age 8-18 from sports-related injuries. The project is guided by the Safe Kids Summit County (SKSC) Injury Prevention Coalition, which uses child injury data from Ohio Hospital Association, Akron Children’s Hospital, and surveillance to identify trends and areas of high risk for injury. 

 

Working with SKSC and the Summit County Safe Sleep Workgroup the prevention strategies include:

  • In collaboration with SKSC, identification of trends and high risk areas in need of intervention for injury prevention programs for children age 0-18.
  • Trainings for community members on the importance of a properly fitted bike helmet and the adoption of bike helmet policies in Summit County schools.
  • Expansion of a social marketing campaign to increase the awareness of TBI's caused by falls due to improperly securing children in bouncy seats, shopping carts, car seats, strollers, and hazards in the community.
  • Pilot the Concussion Team Model/"Return to Learn" program in Summit County schools including distribution of Coach Concussion Guides/lanyards
  • Promotion of safe sleep practices through the provision of Cribs for Kids' pack n' plays to high risk parents and through the promotion of safe sleep agency policies in Summit County
  • Co-chair the statewide Safe Sleep Committee to ensure consistent safe sleep messaging across the state of Ohio.