This 2011 survey assesses injury prevention activities of the Association’s U.S. members. The survey delves into how programs are structured, how they are funded, what staffing looks like and what risk areas they target.
Children's Hospitals Combat #1 Killer of Kids opens the door for further discussion and collaboration among children's hospitals and allied organizations committed to preventing childhood injury. It also provides new data for hospitals to evaluate and benchmark their injury prevention efforts.
Principal findings include:
- 95 percent of children’s hospitals report that they offer injury prevention programming, yet the survey responses depict a wide variance in program capacity. The number of dedicated FTE range from 0 to 39.5, with a median of 1.9 FTE.
- Injury prevention budgets range dramatically. 39 percent of those with injury prevention programming report no injury prevention budget, while other hospitals report a budget as large as $1.5 million. The median budget for injury prevention programs is $200,000.
- 68 percent report the injury prevention programming is administratively housed within the children’s hospital. The remainder report that the programming is housed within the main hospital with or without formal ties to the children’s hospital, or within the same health system umbrella. Looking deeper, the respondents share what department serves as “home base” for injury programming, with great variation in responses.
- Over 70 percent of respondents offer programming on 11 of 18 different injury risk areas, demonstrating similarity in the breadth of injury prevention programming children’s hospitals provide.
- Many factors influence injury prevention priorities at children’s hospitals with funding (89%) and community needs assessment or injury incidence data (76%) the most common.