Center for Injury Research & Policy News

May 07, 2018

Children Hospitalized for Injuries Have Increased Mental Health Needs

A study, published today in The Journal of Pediatrics, looked at children ages 0-18 years who were hospitalized for unintentional injuries from June 2005 through May 2015. All children in this study were enrolled in the hospital’s managed-Medicaid program, which allowed evaluation of baseline mental health. Researchers found that children hospitalized for an injury had on average a 63% increase in mental health diagnoses and a 155% increase in medications prescribed to treat a mental illness.

Feb 21, 2018

Laws Banning Hand-Held Cellphone Calls More Effective than Texting Bans for Teen Drivers

A new study led by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital used data from a national survey to examine the effectiveness of state-level cellphone laws in decreasing teens’ use of cellphones while driving.

Jan 08, 2018

New Study Finds Large Increase in Non-Powder Gun-Related Eye Injuries

A new study conducted by researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital investigated sports- and recreation-related eye injuries during a 23-year period and found a slight decrease in eye injuries overall; however, the rate

Dec 11, 2017

Injuries from Window Blinds Send Two Children to the Emergency Department Every Day

Most homes have them. They help keep our rooms warm or cold and even add a pop of color to tie the décor together. But window blinds can cause serious injuries or even death to young children.

Dec 08, 2017

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Reminds Parents to Stay Alert during the Holidays

The holidays are an exciting and busy time of year as parents race to finish their shopping, decorating and baking. As the countdown of the calendar year winds down, be sure to allow plenty of time in that hectic schedule for sharing holiday traditions as a family.

Study Shows TBI Laws Effective at Reducing Rate of Recurrent Concussions among High School Athletes
Oct 19, 2017

Study Shows TBI Laws Effective at Reducing Rate of Recurrent Concussions among High School Athletes

Between 2009 and 2014, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted one or more traumatic brain injury (TBI) laws, more commonly known as concussion laws.

Jul 24, 2017

Study Finds 275,000 Calls to Poison Control Centers for Dietary Supplement Exposures from 2000 through 2012

U.S. Poison Control Centers receive a call every 24 minutes, on average, regarding dietary supplement exposures, according to a new study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center, both at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Jul 12, 2017

Study Finds Rate of Medication Errors Resulting in Serious Medical Outcomes Rising

About every two minutes someone in the United States calls Poison Control because of a medication error.

Jun 05, 2017

Lawn Mower Injuries Send 13 Children to the Emergency Department Every Day

On average every day in the United States, 13 children receive emergency treatment for a lawn mower-related injury. That adds up to almost 4800 children injured each year.

May 08, 2017

Cotton Tip Applicators are Sending 34 Kids to the Emergency Department Each Day

While cotton tip applicators can be used for household cleaning, crafts and applying cosmetics, they are unfortunately also causing injuries to children.