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DHS news release

April 26, 2007


General contact: Tom Towslee, 971-673-0396

Media Alert: News conference. Oregon's ranking by summer-related accidental deaths of children

What: Safe Kids USA releases its first-ever national report ranking Oregon and other states according to accidental child injury deaths during the summer. Oregon's ranking will demonstrate that water hazards are the top cause of preventable death. State epidemiologist and American Medical Response (AMR) river rescue technicians will demonstrate water safety best practices.

When: 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Where: Metro Family YMCA; indoor pool, 2831 SW Barbur Blvd.; Portland, Ore.

Who: Mel Kohn, M.D., state epidemiologist, Department of Human Services; Dave Mull, AMR special programs coordinator; AMR river rescue technicians and kids.

Details: Release and reaction to the first-ever report ranking states according to accidental child injury deaths. The report comes as summer approaches, which is the start of trauma season for kids. Oregon's top concern is water hazards, including "cold shock" and how it affects the body and why it is a critical factor in water deaths and injuries. Photo, video and interview opportunities will be available. Visual demonstrations with kids will focus on injury prevention tips for parents, particularly what is "cold shock," how to safely rescue a swimmer who is in trouble and proper life jacket use.

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