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Amusement Ride Related Injuries

Summary: Recommendations to keep your children safe to help prevent amusement-ride related injuries.
Air Date: 5/11/13
Duration: 20
Host: Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Dr. Gary Smith, PED
Dr. Gary Smith is a Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at The Ohio State University. He is founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Smith is board certified in the specialties of pediatrics and general preventive medicine and public health, and in the subspecialty of pediatric emergency medicine. In addition to his clinical training, he holds MPH and DrPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Smith has been an active researcher in the field of injury for more than 25 years. He is immediate past chairperson of the national Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention (COIVPP) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), having served on the Committee for 10 years. He also served as chairperson of the COIVPP of the Ohio Chapter of the AAP for 10 years and chairperson of the Ohio Commission on the Prevention of Injury during its existence from 2001-2003. From 2003-2006, he was a member of the Initial Review Group (research study section) for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He has published more than 100 injury-related articles in peer-reviewed journals, was on the editorial board of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine for six years and is currently on the editorial board of Pediatrics. Among other awards, he was honored by the Ohio AAP as the Ohio Pediatrician of the Year in 2003, and by national Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention of the AAP with the Fellow Achievement Award in 2006. He was named as the first recipient of the Dimon R. McFerson Endowed Chair in Injury Research in 2007. His research focuses on injuries to children and adolescents, including motor vehicle-related injuries, consumer product-related injuries and home safety.
    Amusement Ride Related Injuries
    Ferris wheels, carousels and other amusement rides may seem like harmless fun for kids; but a groundbreaking study is shedding light on some of the risks.

    Tune in to pediatrician and public health expert Gary Smith, who led this first national study of pediatric injuries from amusement rides. Smith, who is also director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, found the most common injuries were to the head and neck with many injuries sustained from a fall.

    Learn about Smith's recommendations to keep your children safe and his thoughts on a national system to help prevent amusement-ride related injuries through better injury surveillance and more consistent, standardized enforcement.

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