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Prevention of child injuries during tornadoes: cases from the 2011 tornado outbreak in alabama.
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PMID:  23222111     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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BACKGROUND: Tornadoes and violent weather pose a hazard to children, yet little is known about the use of personal protective devices during storms. An outbreak of tornadoes on April 27, 2011, resulted in the deaths of 23 children in Alabama.
METHODS: Records from 60 patients seen in a pediatric emergency department for tornado-related injuries were reviewed to identify the use of injury prevention devices.
RESULTS: Three children directly exposed to a violent tornado (Enhanced Fujita Scale 4) were using safety equipment, specifically, a helmet and infant car seats. These 3 children sustained only minor injuries.
CONCLUSIONS: Personal protective devices may have played a role in preventing child injuries from tornadoes. To our knowledge, this is the first report in the medical literature on helmet and infant car seat use as child protective devices during tornadoes.
Authors:
Christine M Campbell; Mark D Baker; Kathy W Monroe
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric emergency care     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1535-1815     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507560     Medline TA:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1389-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
From the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.
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