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YORKHILL LAUNCHES “FINGER TIPS”

June 30, 2003 10:58 AM

With the schools out and Summer finally here, Yorkhill's Accident & Emergency staff are preparing for the usual increase in accidents and injuries, however this year, they are hoping to reduce the amount of preventable finger injuries they treat with a new safety campaign…

The campaign is being launched with a new information leaflet for families called ‘Finger Tips' which gives information on the most common causes of childhood finger injuries, including how to prevent them and the danger areas to look out for. This is the first campaign of its kind anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Mr Doraiswamy, Consultant in Paediatric Accident & Emergency Medicine is leading the project in collaboration with Mr. David Radford, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Greater Glasgow NHS Board, who together are hoping that this new campaign will result in fewer preventable injuries coming through the department every day. Mr Doraiswamy said:


"Last year we had 789 children brought into the department with preventable finger injuries.

"When a finger gets damaged, daily tasks such as eating, drinking, playing, putting on clothes and much more can be very painful. Children use their fingers to develop their understanding of the world through touch and feel, and a damaged finger may restrict such development.

"Serious injury to a finger may lead to a restriction of movement, requiring major operative procedures and rehabilitation for a long time. In the worst case, children may come to the department with an amputated finger.

In 2002, boys accounted for 56% of the finger injuries brought to the department, which saw such injuries increase by 11% in the summer months compared to winter.

MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Pauline McNeill is glad to support the campaign, she said:

"We are all very proud of the unique facility we have in Yorkhill Children's Hospital. It has provided a focus for concentrating our minds on Children's health and well being. I am delighted to support this initiative which seeks to prevent injury to children, and am sure that simply raising awareness amongst parents and carers means we can protect many small finger tips from everyday accidents "

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) spokeswoman, Christine Johnston said:

"People often forget the possible long term effects an accident can have and how their daily lives can be changed.  Most accidents are preventable, and we are delighted to see any initiative that raises awareness of the potential problems.  I would urge carers of children to read this leaflet in the hope that the numbers of finger tip injuries will be reduced"

Glasgow CHIRPP (Children's Hospital Injury Reporting and Prevention Programme) has been collecting data from parents who bring their children to the Accident and Emergency Department of Yorkhill Hospital for the past 10 years. The programme monitors and records all types of injuries and helps to identify those which are most common in children as well as when, where and how these injuries have occurred. CHIRPP also provides information on many other factors including gender and age.

The Yorkhill campaign follows on from National Child Safety Week (23-29 June) which is an awareness campaign targeted at children, parents, carers of children and young people. The campaign is organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and aims to communicate child safety messages and highlight the dangers in and around the home (and outside the home).

Yorkhill Finger Injury Data 2002 –

Gender

Boys – 56% Girls – 44%

Age Range

0-4 years – 30%

5-9 years – 33%

10-13 years – 37%

When

Jan – March finger injuries account for 21% of A&E activity

Apr – June finger injuries account for 32% of A&E activity

July – Sept finger injuries account for 26% of A&E activity

Oct – Dec finger injuries account for 21% of A&E activity

Ryan Taylor, 0141 201 0833 For further information contact

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