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NICE consults on prevention of unintentional injuries in the home

NICE is developing public health guidance on the prevention of unintentional injuries in the home amongst under 15s. The guidance focuses on the supply and installation of home safety equipment and home-risk assessments. It is particularly aimed at reducing unintentional injuries among children and young people living in disadvantaged circumstances. These draft recommendations have been issued for consultation. Guidance has not yet been issued.

Professor Mike Kelly, Public Health Excellence Centre Director, NICE said: “NICE has been asked to produce public health guidance on the prevention of unintentional injuries within the home and the draft recommendations, developed by the independent public health interventions advisory committee (PHIAC), are now available for consultation.

The draft guidance looks at the prevention of unintentional injuries within the home in people under 15 years. The guidance covers the supply and installation of home safety equipment and the use of home risk assessments, either delivered separately or together. It is particularly aimed at reducing unintentional injuries among children and young people living in disadvantaged circumstances, such as overcrowded housing, or where there is an absence of safety equipment. Evidence shows that children from ‘deprived' circumstances are 13 times more likely to die from an unintentional injury than children living in a less disadvantaged environment.

He continued: “This is not about any unnecessary invasion of an individual's privacy but is about identifying households at greatest risk and the least ability to buy or install safety equipment themselves, and helping them to improve the safety of their home. Treating unintentional injuries among children and young people costs UK A&E departments approximately £146 million a year. The guidance will therefore help to reduce the costs to society as a whole and will help protect vulnerable young people.”

This guidance is one of five pieces of NICE guidance currently in development on how to prevent unintentional injuries among children and young people aged under 15. The others will address: road design and modification; education and protective equipment to prevent road injuries; outdoor play and leisure; and strategies, legislation, regulation, enforcement, surveillance and workforce development.

The draft recommendations on prevention of unintentional injuries in the home are available on the guidance development page. Anyone wishing to submit comments on the draft guidance is invited to do so via the NICE website between 4 November and 2 December 2009.

11 November 2009

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