Traumatic Injuries For Children Increase As Summer Approaches
Medical professionals at Oishei Children's Hospital say they get more trauma patients in the summer, than any other month, and many of them are children.
There are four trauma bays in the hospital, and the trauma program leader, Tiffany Fabiano, said they can treat everything in those rooms. Fabiano, a pediatric nurse practitioner, said the most common traumatic injury the hospital sees is falls.
But injuries are not just limited to falls...
"When I think of summer safety, I think of being safe around pools," she said. "While you're busy entertaining, if you have a body of water near you, you need to make sure there is an adult supervising anyone in it."
It is also advisable to use sunscreen and proper flotation devices too.
And another big one: make sure your child is not outside any time the lawnmower is running.
"We have bad lawnmower accidents every year, and they get worse and worse every year it feels like."
Just last year, a 10-year-old boy was sent to the hospital after his foot was run over by a lawnmower.