Press Releases

Mar 15, 2021

Calls to Poison Centers about High-Powered Magnets Increased by 444% after Ban Lifted

A recent study led by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy, Emergency Medicine, and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital along with the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) analyzed calls to U.S. poison centers for magnet exposures in children age 19 years and younger from 2008 through October 2019 to determine the impact of the CPSC rule and the subsequent lift of the ban.

Mar 09, 2021

New Study Looks at Effect of COVID-19-Related Social Distancing Policies on Motor Vehicle Crashes and Traffic Volume in Ohio

A new study led by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital estimated associations between COVID-19-related social-distancing policies, traffic volume, and motor vehicle crash-related outcomes in Ohio.

Mar 08, 2021

No More Sitting in the Dark?

A new study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy, Sports Medicine, and Emergency Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital investigated objectively measured, self-paced physical and cognitive activity across the first week post-concussion.

Despite Decrease in Recent Years, Rate of Sledding-Related Injuries Still Concerning
Dec 16, 2020

Despite Decrease in Recent Years, Rate of Sledding-Related Injuries Still Concerning

A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that 220,488 patients were treated in U.S. emergency departments for injuries related to sledding from 2008 through 2017. Nearly 70% of these patients were children age 19 years and younger. Compared to adults, children were almost seven times as likely to be treated in an emergency department for a sledding-related injury.

New Study Finds Association Between Types of Cellphone Laws  and How Often Teens Talk on the Phone While Driving
Dec 02, 2020

New Study Finds Association Between Types of Cellphone Laws and How Often Teens Talk on the Phone While Driving

A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital analyzed the association between cellphone laws and the prevalence of talking on a phone while driving among teen drivers by using data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys from 2013 through 2019.

Sound the Alarm: Researchers Determine More Effective Ways to Awaken Children and Their Families During a House Fire
Oct 12, 2020

Sound the Alarm: Researchers Determine More Effective Ways to Awaken Children and Their Families During a House Fire

When residential fires happen at night while families are sleeping, deaths are more likely to occur. Smoke alarms are important for preventing these deaths, yet research has shown that many pre-teenage children don’t wake up to traditional high-frequency tone alarms. Researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Sleep Disorders Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital conducted a series of studies to identify smoke alarm signals that would more effectively awaken children and other members of the household in the event of a fire.

Despite Decreases in Recent Years, New Study Finds ATV-Related Head and Neck Injuries Among Youth Continue to Remain High
Aug 10, 2020

Despite Decreases in Recent Years, New Study Finds ATV-Related Head and Neck Injuries Among Youth Continue to Remain High

A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital analyzed data regarding ATV-related head and neck injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments from 1990 through 2014 involving patients younger than 18 years of age, and found an average of more than 11,000 children and teens treated for nonfatal ATV-related head and neck injuries annually – that’s approximately 31 children and teens injured each day.

Jul 27, 2020

Study Finds Significant Increase in Number and Severity of Suicide-Related Calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers Involving Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

In a new study, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital analyzed the 549,807 calls made to Poison Control Centers (PCCs) in the US for suicide-related cases involving OTC analgesics from 2000 through 2018 and found that both the overall number and rate of these cases increased significantly by 57% and 34%, respectively, during this period.

While Study Finds Decrease in Eye Exposures Associated with Household Cleaning Products, Experts Still Urge Proper Storage
Dec 09, 2019

While Study Finds Decrease in Eye Exposures Associated with Household Cleaning Products, Experts Still Urge Proper Storage

A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital analyzed data regarding eye exposures associated with household cleaning products from 2000 through 2016 and found a decrease in the number of exposures during this period. However, the number of these exposures among young children remains high.

Nov 26, 2019

Study Finds Increase in Calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers for Natural Psychoactive Substances, Driven by Increase in Marijuana Exposures

A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found there were more than 67,300 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to natural psychoactive substances. The study looked at calls from January 2000 through December 2017, which totaled an average of 3,743 exposures each year, or approximately 10 calls every day.