Surveillance of injuries in a school for children with multiple disabilities
Nudelman, Shari F
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Although there are many incidents of injuries in schools, schools usually respond to such injuries after they have occurred. Therefore, assessing the problem of injuries within individual schools may help prevent future injuries. This study described the distribution of injuries among the students and staff at a school for children with developmental disabilities. Injuries in a school were examined using surveillance to determine the extent of the problem. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Injuries to the head and cuts were the most common. Injuries occurred most frequently in the classrooms without equipment being involved. Possible risk factors were determined and analyzed to determine the impact that injuries have on students and staff members in a school for children with developmental disabilities. This list can guide the design of appropriate and feasible changes or interventions to allow for a safer school environment, resulting in reduced amounts of injuries.