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Site offers injury prevention info

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The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Address: www.cdc.gov/ncipc

Are you looking for the latest injury data, research, and prevention program information? If so, go to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s (NCIPC) web site. "All of the injury information provided on the web site relates to health issues that ED nurses have to deal with regularly," says Jane McDonald, health communications specialist for the NCIPC, a division of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The site covers injuries related to motor vehicle crashes, home and recreation incidents, domestic violence, and youth violence. Here are tools you can access on the site:

• Medical information. The site addresses medical conditions that result from injuries, such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

• Publications and fact sheets. The site features over two dozen fact sheets, which are useful resources for developing injury prevention programs or for patient education, says McDonald. Most of these materials can be downloaded or ordered using an on-line form. To view a list of over two dozen fact sheets that are available, click on "publications" and then "fact sheets."

• Consumer information section. This is offered through the SafeUSA Alliance (www.cdc.gov/safeusa). "You can refer patients to this site to learn how they can be safe from injuries in the car, on a bicycle, motorcycle, and from pedestrian crashes," says McDonald. (See "Calendar," in this issue, for a listing of upcoming injury prevention conferences.)