Children Can Have Accidents Too
While we may not be able to prevent every sports related injury, we know if one should happen to our child, the first responders and emergency room professionals will have the essential information they need to make informed treatment and caring decisions if they are carrying a Code Amber Alertag.
Have you, or someone you know, ever been called after a loved one was injured and the attending doctor needed additional medical information? In these situations time is of the essence and you may not have the information readily at hand. Code Amber Alertag does.
In the United States, about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and about 3 million injuries impact children and adolescents ages 14 and under each year.
Almost one-third of all injuries incurred in childhood are sports-related injuries. All types of sports have a potential for injury, whether from the trauma of contact with other players or from overuse or misuse of a body part.
More than 775,000 children and adolescents ages 14 and under are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries each year. Most of the injuries occurred as a result of falls, being struck by an object, collisions, and overexertion during unorganized or informal sports activities. Most organized sports-related injuries (60 percent) occur during practice. Playground, sports, and bicycle-related injuries occur most often among young children, between the ages of five and 14 years old.
Approximately 20 percent of children and adolescents participating in sports activities are injured each year, and one in four injuries is considered serious.
Children and adolescents who are less developed than a more mature child or adolescent of the same age and weight are at increased risk for injury.
Who Needs the Code Amber Alertag?
Members of the public: Individuals who may at some time require health care services due to an emergency incident including natural disasters and terrorism.
On-site care provider: Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and other medically trained emergency responders who provide care while at, or in transport from, the site of an emergency.
Clinicians: Healthcare providers located at a Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) with responsibility for treating emergency incident victims. This includes emergency physicians, emergency nurses, and all other clinical and ancillary personnel at the MTF.
What do first responders need?
Timely electronic access to current critical health information relating to the assessment, stabilization and treatment of emergency incident victims which can be securely exchanged between on-site care providers, medical treatment facilities, and health practitioners.