In her post “A Tragic Mix: Teens Driving Multiple Passengers,” Suzanne D. Hill, CIRP’s program director for Outreach and Advocacy, wrote about the recent spate of groups of teenagers being injured or killed in car crashes. While the details of several recent crashes that have made headlines — in Ohio, Texas, and Illinois — remain under investigation, the “crashes did share one thing in common: a carload of teens driven by a teen driver, which can exponentially increase the risk of a fatal crash,” Hill writes.
“Unfortunately, these crashes are examples of what is seen nationally and are a cautionary tale for other families and other communities,” she notes.
And more recently, Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH, wrote about how parents can help injury researchers, posting about a study published in Injury Prevention, to which CIRP researchers Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE, and Mark R. Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE, also contributed. The researchers evaluated “a survey that asked parents of recently injured children to report on their child’s injuries to specific body regions,” Dr. Curry writes. An update of an earlier form of parent survey, the survey studied “was developed in collaboration with pediatric emergency medicine physicians and features terminology consistent with how clinicians explain injuries to families,” she notes.