Preventing injury by attending to the injured

I came across a paper summarising the efforts of an osteoporotic fracture liaison service over the period of one year (July 2008-June 2009) which I thought may be of interest to readers of the Injury Prevention blog. Now at first glance this may seem more like injury treatment, rather than injury prevention, however as Vaile, Sullivan, Connor, […]

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Non-reporting: An additional challenge for injury prevention

We all know that injury prevention research and intervention is frequently at the beck and call of funding by governments and policy-makers, industry and research councils. Funding decisions are often informed by statistics, such as prevalence and incidence, therefore it is vital that injury prevention researchers and practitioners have access to – and report – the most complete […]

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Improving reporting in injury prevention research

A recent Editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine by O’Brien, Donaldson, Barbery, and Finch addresses an important element in injury prevention research: the completeness of the intervention reporting. The RE-AIM framework can be used as a tool to facilitate the translation of research into practice. It can be used from the earliest phases […]

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Floods and injury prevention: Using available tools to understand and minimise risks

I found the article I am chatting about today as particularly interesting, and not just because I lived through the event under examination. January 2011 saw 99% of my home state of Queensland, Australia, declared a disaster zone. We had survived weeks of intense rain across much of the state, and the sodden ground meant floodwaters […]

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Upcoming twitter discussion event

I received an email today from Duncan Vernon of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). On the 30th of July at 8.00pm BST (GMT+1), Duncan will be guest hosting a twitter discussion about an “Editor’s choice” article recently published in Injury Prevention. Public health professionals from a variety of backgrounds regularly participate in […]

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The effects of plain packaging of cigarettes

Following a 3-month rollout period, since 1 December 2012 all tobacco products manufactured and sold in Australia have had to be in plain brown packaging. Seventy-five percent of the front of the pack requires a graphic health warning, and the brand name is restricted to a set font and size (see http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2011L02644 for the packaging regulations). As noted on the […]

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Table saw 1, Injury-free arm and hand 0

I have taken Barry’s advice and become a regular reader of Fair Warning. I read a post yesterday titled “After more than a decade and thousands of disfiguring injuries, power tool industry still resisting safety fix” by Myron Levin, with contributions by Lilly Fowler (read the article here: http://www.fairwarning.org/2013/05/after-more-than-a-decade-and-thousands-disfiguring-injuries-power-tool-industry-resisting-safety-solution/). As the daughter of a builder, I am […]

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Veterinarian’s injuries arising from treating cattle

Over the weekend I came across an interesting article in the Australian Veterinary Journal whilst I was having a look at some recent injury prevention publications in Australia. Last month’s issue of the journal contained an article summarising cattle-specific injuries reported in the Health Risks of Australian Veterinarians Survey (HRAV). Of the 2188 serious injuries reported […]

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