Preventing head injuries from toppled televisions

November 2015   Comments

University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital researchers have identified risk factors and developed strategies for preventing toppled TVs from causing head injuries, which can be severe and sometimes fatal for small children. The frequency of these injuries has increased in the last decade as TVs become larger and more affordable. These accidents are often unwitnessed by adult caregivers, indicating a lack of awareness of the dangers of toddlers climbing dressers or other furniture not designed to hold TVs securely. The review paper, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, offers prevention strategies for engineering and design, legislation and enforcement, education and emergency response systems.

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