The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) is dedicated to advancing the safety and health of children, adolescents, and young adults through comprehensive research resulting in practical tools to reduce injury and promote recovery.
As part of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, CIRP draws upon experts from the fields of emergency medicine, pediatric trauma, pediatric and adolescent development, epidemiology and biostatistics, bioengineering, computational engineering, psychology, behavioral development, communications, and health education.
Of particular interest is a fact sheet on the science of crash investigation. There’s a whole lot more involved than the gory details. According to CIRP, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury-related admissions to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They also are the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Crash investigations monitor how auto-safety technologies affect children crash victims, as well as make improvements to federal safety standards and engineering design.
Findings are not only published in medical journals but also in lay person terms and given to parents, policy makers, educators, and safety product manufacturers.
This approach is a good one demonstrating how research, putting the research into action, and what kind of impact, all work together to advance safety issues.
It takes a village or so it’s said – child and teen safety is everyone’s concern.