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Miami Children's Hospital Prepares Community for Safe Summer
(6/22/2005)



(Left to Right) Child Life Specialist Victoria Madrigal shows Jackie Khoury, Gaby Gonzalez and Carlos Velasquez and their teddy bears the importance of washing their hands.

On June 18, Miami Children’s Hospital offered a Summer Safety Fair and Teddy Bear Clinic to the South Florida Community. At the Safety Fair, MCH staff provided information on first aid, swimming safety, avoiding burns and sunburns, bike safety and child automobile safety.

A Teddy Bear Clinic was also offered to children 2-12 years of age. Children brought their teddy bears and participated in interactive demonstrations for children to learn about different departments in the hospital. Children learned about medical equipment, the body, healthy habits and safety using hands-on activities.

Summertime should be fun, but unfortunately it’s a time of year when trauma incidents surge. A comparison of data collected by the Trauma Center in 2000 and 2004 shows an increase of 32 percent increase in near drownings/drownings and a 30 percent increase in injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes.