Monday, January 19, 2009

On Martin Luther King Day, What Better Way...

to celebrate a life, and a call to service, than a challenge to list, in the course of the next year, 365 opportunities for education and awareness that can help parents and caregivers to prevent injury.

I hope to add, on average, one opportunity a day, or seven a week, or thirty a month. Average allows for spurts and stops.

So, let's start with the obvious:

1. Ask your local maternity hospital if they offer new parents an opportunity to learn how they can help protect their child from inflicted head injuries (or ask a new parent). If not, offer the administration and the lead nurse on the maternity service the JCAHO newsletter article that explains how an effective hospital education program can reduce the incidence of inflicted head injury by nearly 50%.

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