On Tuesday November 17, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) will host a free webinar on preventing common domestic injuries among vulnerable adults and children.
According to a report
by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the top two causes of hospital admission for unintentional injury among under-fives are falls and poisoning from ingesting harmful household substances.
The RCPCH’s report also revealed that in 2017/18, children from low-income households aged 0-4 in Scotland were 1.4 times more likely to require hospital admission from accidental injury than those from more affluent backgrounds.
Attendees at the webinar will hear from Dr Alison McLuckie, consultant paediatrician in acute paediatrics and community child health from NHS Lothian who will lead a discussion about how childhood inequalities are linked to accidents. Dr McLuckie’s presentation is entitled: ‘Childhood inequalities in Scotland: a hidden pandemic’.
There will also be presentations from:
- Dr Elizabeth Orton, University of Nottingham, who will speak about the impact of falls in older adults and look at inequalities in relation to age, multi-morbidity and challenges such as rurality, isolation, and access to services
- Darren Rocks, Public Health Scotland, who will brief attendees about adverse childhood experiences and unintentional injury
- Marguerite Hunter-Blair, Play Scotland, who will explore links between play opportunities, inequality and accidents.
RoSPA’s community safety manager Liz Lumsden, who will be hosting the webinar, said: “We know that under-fives and over-65s are the most likely to experience an accident in the home. There is also a growing body of evidence that people living in lower-income households are more likely to present at A&E as a result of an accidental injury in the home. At RoSPA we believe that everyone, regardless of their background, should be able live a life free from the consequences of serious accidents. One of the ways we put this aim into action is by bringing together expert voices in the field of accident prevention to share best practice.
“I hope that all who attend our inequality and accidents webinar are able to take away life-saving knowledge and bring it back to their communities and workplaces.”
The webinar, which will last around one hour, is aimed at health and social care professionals and those working in public policy. You can register to attend here