Did you know? The three most common types of falls in the home that can cause injury to children—from the stairs, from an elevated surface such as a changing station, and out of windows—can be easily avoided. Here are some tips and recommendations for how you can prevent them.
Window safety checklist:
- Is the area underneath the window free from items a child could climb on?
- Are there safety bars or window guards installed on upper-story windows?
- Are there window stops to keep the windows from opening more than 4 inches?
- Are window blind cords tied with clothespins or specially designed cord clips so they’re out of reach of children?
Find a complete list of household safety checklists here.
Window fall prevention:
- Don’t rely on window screens to keep kids from falling out of windows. Screens keep bugs out but won’t keep kids in.
- If you have windows that move up and down, you can often open the top of the window for air while keeping the bottom window in place.
- If you can add hardware to your window frames, use window guards to prevent the windows from opening too far (kids can fall from windows opened as little as 5 inches, or 12.7 centimeters). Make sure window guards are childproof but easy for adults to open in case of fire.
- Move chairs, cribs, beds and other furniture away from windows to prevent children from climbing onto sills.
Watch this video for more household fall safety tips:
Children’s Minnesota is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center
Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis has again been recognized as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College Surgeons (ACS). This is the highest level offered by the organization’s Committee on Trauma. The renewal of this key verification at the Minneapolis hospital demonstrates that Children’s Minnesota continues to meet the highest standards when it comes to caring for critically ill or injured children.
Among the attributes of Children’s Minnesota as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center:
- Accepts injured children directly from the site of injury as well as from referring hospitals
- Has the largest staff of board-eligible or board-certified pediatric emergency physicians and nurse practitioners in the state.
- An in-house trauma service consisting of board-certified attending pediatric surgeons and trauma advanced practice provider to ensure immediate access to advanced trauma care and continuity of care throughout a patient’s admission.
- Availability of a broad range of specialists, including pediatric neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, critical care intensivists, anesthesiologists and many others robust research program with diverse areas of interest.
- The use of simulation, case reviews, and conferences to provide in-depth training and education in pediatric trauma care.
- Has the only pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training program in Minnesota.
- Features two trauma bays, a dedicated orthopedic room with advanced imaging capabilities, and a helipad.
- Availability of child life specialists and social workers to assist patients and families with the physical, emotional and social issues and that may arise during their hospital visit.
- Injury prevention efforts to address the needs of diverse patients, families and communities.