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South Dakota accidental childhood deaths, 2000-2007: what can we do?

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Type
Published Article
Journal
South Dakota medicine : the journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
Publication Date
Volume
63
Issue
5
Identifiers
PMID: 20462061
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Childhood accidental death in South Dakota is clearly a critical public health problem. Intervention efforts to reduce deaths from unintentional injuries amongst children should be targeted as the leading causes of accidental death for specific age groups and American Indian youth. Physicians, health educators and policymakers must play a role in prevention targeting the high-risk groups in addition to advocating for policy changes to protect childhood safety. More stringent child restraint laws, graduated driving laws, smoking cessation programs for parents, creation of safer sleep environments and further investigation of why a high proportion of American Indian children die accidentally in South Dakota are all warranted.

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