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May 08, 2003

In April, 2003, a new study was unveiled by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and Johnson & Johnson, showing that from 1987 to 2000, the unintentional injury death rate for children ages 14 and under has dropped by nearly 40 percent. This is one of the most dramatic declines ever seen in a children's health statistic! Several factors brought about this decline: -Increased public awareness about injury risks and how to prevent them -Improved, more affordable safety products available on the market -Safer environments for children to play -Stronger and more rigorously enforced child safety laws However, unintentional injury remains the number one killer of children ages 14 and under in the U.S., causing about 15 deaths per day. In 2000, approximately 11.8 million children required professional medical attention due to a preventable unintentional injury. Other facts determined from the study: -80 percent of parents know that unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children 14 and younger, but are unsure of how much of an impact they can have on their child(ren)'s safety -From 1987 to 2000, the motor vehicle occupant death rate among children 14 and under declined just 16 percent. The death rate among children ages 5 to 9 declined only 1 percent. Motor vehicle occupant injury remains the leading cause of injury-related death among children -Airway obstruction deaths have decreased 24 percent for children 14 and under, but there has been no progress for airway obstruction injury among infants under age one -Unintentional childhood drowning death rate declined 32 percent form 1987 to 2000, yet remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death in children 14 and under -Childhood bicycle-related injury death rate has declined 60 percent -Death rate from fire and burns dropped 56 percent -The smallest reductions in the unintentional injury death rate are among Native American/Alaskan American and black children, with declines of 20 percent and 36 percent -Unintentional injury death rate for boys remains 1 1/2 times higher than for girls (due to greater exposure to activities the result in injuries and risk taking) -Airway obstruction is the leading killer in infants under age one, accounting for nearly 60 percent of unintentional injury deaths Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) at Mission, in collaboration with Orange County SAFE KIDS and other child-focused organizations, strives to raise awareness within South Orange County and surrounding communities to help prevent unintentional childhood injuries. In 2002, the CHOC at Mission Community Education program was able to educate and interact with over 30,000 families, through school presentations, safety events and more.

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.


Media Contact:
Emily Clark, Public Relations Specialist
phone: (714) 532-8812
email: eclark@choc.org


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