Injury Prevention


CA Poison ControlPoisoning
Most poisoning incidents are preventable and treatable.  Almost half of all children who die from accidental poisoning are less than four years old.  You can reduce your child's chance of poisoning by keeping toxic substances in their original containers and out of reach.

The California Poison Control System (CPCS) provides immediate, free advice over the phone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances. The phone line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 1-800-222-1222.



Traumatic Brain Injury
 
You hear about it in the news,  A football player injured in a tackle. A soldier disabled by an explosion. A child hospitalized as a result of shaking. An older adult injured in a fall.

In the United States...
  • At least 3 people sustain a TBI every minute.
  • Every 36 minutes, an adult aged 65 or older dies from a TBI.
  • 5.3 million people live with disabilities caused by a TBI.
  • In one year alone, TBIs cost Americans $76.5 billion in medical care, rehabilitation, and loss of work.
 
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Be alert for any of the following signs and symptoms.


Signs observed by school professionals:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about events
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Repeats questions
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit, bump, or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit, bump, or fall
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Forgets class schedule or assignments
   
Symptoms reported by the student:

Sleep
  • Drowsy
  • Sleeps less than usual
  • Sleeps more than usual
  • Has trouble falling asleep
Emotional
  • Irritable
  • Sad
  • More emotional than usual
  • Nervous
Thinking/Remembering
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Feeling more slowed down
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
Physical
  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Fatigue or feeling tired
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Does not “feel right”
Visit the CDC for more information