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Canonsburg Hospital to Host Third Annual Child Safety Day

Friday, May 31, 2019

CANONSBURG, Pa. – Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Canonsburg Hospital will host its third annual Child Safety Day on Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the hospital grounds. The event has more than 350 community members registered to date.

In addition to giveaways and the chance to ask questions of medical personnel and local fire, police, EMS, and pharmacy professionals, the free event will feature: a LifeFlight medical helicopter, “touch-a-truck” emergency vehicle demonstrations, the Coast Guard, a visit by the Pirate Parrot, and a chance to win Pirates tickets, bicycles, and T-shirts.

Unintentional injuries remain the leading cause of death for kids under the age of 19 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Canonsburg Hospital started Child Safety Day to increase awareness of injuries that, all too often, are preventable and avoidable.

“According to the CDC, on average, more than 12,000 children die every year from an unintentional injury, with motor vehicle-related deaths as the leading cause,” said Kathleen Latouf, DO, Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Canonsburg Hospital. “By hosting events like Child Safety Day, we hope to raise awareness of these statistics and equip our community with the knowledge and resources to keep their families safe. Simple measures like wearing a bike helmet or buckling up can make all the difference.”

Dr. Latouf will be joined by her fellow emergency department physicians Anthony D’Alessio, MD, David Abt, DO, and Deylin Negron-Smida, MD, along with several other physicians and medical personnel at the event.

In addition to motor vehicle-related accidents, leading causes of death for children also included suffocation, drowning, poisoning and fire.

“Canonsburg Hospital and Allegheny Health Network are committed to providing the best care possible for our patients,” Dr. Latouf added, “But we also want to keep our community healthy, safe, and, hopefully, out of the emergency department. ”