WASHINGTON, July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Summer for many Americans is a time for outdoor activities, including tripsto playgrounds with children. The nation's emergency physicians encourage everyone to have fun and stay active in parks and playgrounds throughout the summer, but urge parents and guardians of children to be aware of injuries that can occur in a matter
"In many cases, a playground injury may include a minor cut or a scrape," said Dr. Angela Gardner, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "But parents need to be aware that playground injuries can be much more serious, even fatal. Every year, emergency physicians see more than 200,000 children coming from a playground with head, neck and spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding and strangulation."
Facts about Playground Injuries:
Preventing Playground Injuries:
"A playground should be a safe place for a child to have fun this summer," said Dr. Gardner. "Many injuries and visits to the emergency room can be avoided if parents will be mindful of the risks and if they will teach their children to obey safety rules."
For more information on playground safety or any other health related topic, please go to www.EmergencyCareForYou.org.
ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.
SOURCE American College of Emergency Physicians
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