Preventable accidents

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Preventable accidents

We see a number of preventable accidents. Depending on the age of the child, the mechanism differs. We see kids who jump on or off furniture. We see kids who climb up a television cabinet, only to have the cabinet fall on the child. We see a number of children who have televisions fall on their head. We see a number of accidents from wheeled devices, so skateboards, roller skates, bicycles. Those are all things that require the child to wear protective gear. Helmets, wrist guards, knee guards, protection. Those are the things that are likewise preventable. We see a number of kids that take chances and play in places that have inherent dangers. Kids who play at night when cars can't see the child. Kids who play in parking lots where cars can back over or even on to a child. Those are things that are preventable accidents that we see.

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Alan Nager, MD, MHA

Pediatrician, Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Alan Nager is Head of the Division of Emergency and Transport Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Nager received his undergraduate degree in Public Heath and Child Psychology, his graduate degree in Healthcare Administration, his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and his training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  He has lectured extensively on a variety of emergency medicine topics, appeared numerous times in the media, and published extensively on topics such as dehydration, trauma, mental health, disaster preparedness, etc. He has also authored a children’s book entitled, Angels in Action: One Day in the Emergency Department.

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