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Services need to work together to reduce unintentional deaths among children, says NICE

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 24 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6755
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

The highways authority, fire and rescue services, housing, and children’s services need to work together more effectively to reduce child injuries and deaths, recommends guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE, said unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death and serious injury in children and young people aged under 15 years, with roughly four children dying each week as a result of such injuries.

He explained that the term “unintentional” had been used deliberately because these incidents were preventable.

“The causes are predictable and it is within our …

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