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Effectiveness of measures to prevent unintentional deaths of infants and children from suffocation and strangulation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3920722     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Unintentional deaths from suffocation and strangulation account for about 20 percent of all nontransport-related infant and child fatalities in the United States. In the late 1950s, some preventive countermeasures were introduced to reduce the number of deaths resulting from refrigerator or freezer entrapment. A few years later, countermeasures were introduced to prevent deaths resulting from suffocation by plastic bags, inhumation, and mechanical strangulation from wedging in infant cribs. For three of these major causes of suffocation and strangulation deaths among infants and children (refrigerator or freezer entrapment, suffocation by plastic bag, and inhumation at construction sites), there appears to have been a significant decline in incidence; however, there is no evidence of a significant reduction in deaths from mechanical strangulation in cribs. The impact of current countermeasures is discussed, and some suggestions for new or modified approaches are made.
Authors:
J F Kraus
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)     Volume:  100     ISSN:  0033-3549     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Rep     Publication Date:    1985 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-05-23     Completed Date:  1985-05-23     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9716844     Medline TA:  Public Health Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  231-40     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Accident Prevention*
Adolescent
Asphyxia / epidemiology,  etiology,  prevention & control*
Beds / standards
California
Child
Child, Preschool
Household Articles / standards
Humans
Infant
Legislation as Topic
Plastics / adverse effects
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plastics
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