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Dr. Gary Smith, MD, FAAP
Safety Of Cribs, Playpens and Bassinets
The study, “Injuries Associated with Cribs, Playpens, and Bassinets Among Young Children in the United States, 1990-2008,” in the March 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online Feb. 17), examined crib, playpen and bassinet injuries between 1990 and 2008. During that time, an estimated 181,654 children younger than 2 years were treated in U.S. emergency departments for injuries related to cribs, playpens and bassinets. The majority of these injuries involved cribs, and the most common type of injury involved falls. Dr. Gary Smith, MD, FAAP, senior author of the study, comes on the show to discuss the study and put it into perspective for parents. What can parents do to make sure their crib is safe? Is it safe to use an older crib?
Dr. Gary Smith is Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Ohio State University. He is founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Smith is board certified in the specialties of pediatrics and general preventive medicine and public health, and in the subspecialty of pediatric emergency medicine. In addition to his clinical training, he holds MPH and DrPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Smith has been an active researcher and advocate in the field of injury for more than 25 years. He is immediate past chairperson of the national Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention (COIVPP) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), having served on the Committee for 10 years. He also served as chairperson of the COIVPP of the Ohio Chapter of the AAP for 10 years and chairperson of the Ohio Commission on the Prevention of Injury during its existence from 2001-2003. From 2003-2006, he was a member of the Initial Review Group (research study section) and chaired several review panels for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published more than 100 injury-related articles in peer-reviewed journals, was on the editorial board of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine for six years, and is currently on the editorial board of Pediatrics. Among other awards, he was honored by the Ohio State University College of Public Health with the Champions of Public Health Award in 2008; the national Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention of the AAP with the Fellow Achievement Award in 2006; by the Ohio AAP as the Ohio Pediatrician of the Year in 2003; and by US Jaycees and Jaycees International as One of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans and as One of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, respectively, in 1988. He was named as the first recipient of the Dimon R. McFerson Endowed Chair in Injury Research in 2007. His research focuses on injuries to children and adolescents, including motor vehicle-related injuries, consumer product-related injuries, and home safety.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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