Child Safety - Injury and Child Fatality Prevention

Preventing child abuse and child fatalities is a community effort. A child’s death is a tragic event. Each year in Nevada, over 100 children die from preventable causes of death.

    Child Death Review Teams

    Conduct comprehensive reviews of child death cases in order to better understand how and why children die in Nevada. There are six regional CDR teams (Clark, Washoe, Carson, Elko, Fallon, and Pahrump) and two state teams – The Administrative Team and Executive Committee to Review the Death of Children. Regional teams meet periodically throughout the year to conduct a multidisciplinary review of child fatalities. The findings are used to take action that can prevent other fatalities and improve the wellbeing and safety of children and families through prevention campaign messages and education. During 2009, a total of 361 child deaths were reviewed by the six regional child death review (CDR) teams. This was the second year that all coroner-referred deaths in Nevada were tracked and entered into the electronic case reporting system used to track data from the regional CDR teams. This significant improvement in data tracking demonstrates a commitment on the part of the regional CDR teams to expand their capacity to review child deaths in Nevada and work toward increasing prevention efforts. Health Division data is compared with case review data derived from the work of the six regional CDR teams. A combined evaluation of 2009 statewide vital records data and regional CDR team data shows the following four leading manners and causes of death for children and adolescents ages birth through 17 years, excluding natural deaths:

       Manner Leading Causes with Manner 
       1) Non-motor vehicle accident  Asphyxia, drowning, drug overdose
       2) Motor vehicle accident  Blunt force trauma from motor vehicles
       3) Homicide  Gunshot wounds, child abuse
       4) Suicide  Gunshot wounds, asphyxia

        For more information about the 4 leading causes of death in Nevada, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services

        Different age groups of children and adolescents are at risk for different types of death

        Infants and young children are at greater risk of accidental asphyxia deaths, which often result from unsafe sleeping environments and parents co-sleeping with their children. Sadly, they are also at greater risk of homicide by abuse and neglect. Adolescents are at greater risk of motor vehicle accidents, suicide, and drug overdoses. All age groups are at risk of drowning, especially children between ages one and four. In areas like Las Vegas where many homes and apartments have swimming pools and spas, it is very important for parents and caregivers to supervise their children and ensure pool and spa safety.

          For more tips on preventing childhood accidents and fatalities, please visit the Brochures page:

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            Ensure Medical Safety

            If your child relies on electrically operated medical equipment and you need help to ensure an uninterrupted power supply, please contact NV Energy for help.

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              Kids and Hot Cars

              It is never a good idea to leave a child alone in a car any time of the year, but during summer months it is extremely dangerous. A child left alone in a vehicle, even for a short period of time, is in danger of abduction, injury, dehydration and even death. Very young children (age 4 and under) are particularly vulnerable to hyperthermia. Remember in Nevada, it is a misdemeanor to leave a child unattended in a vehicle (NRS 202.575).

              This information is brought to you in cooperation with the Nevada Administrative Team to Review the Death of Children and Executive Committee to Review the Death of Children.

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