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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 05:43 AM
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21. The Dept. of Labor is right. Here are the facts on which they based their decision.
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 05:44 AM by pnwmom

Children living in rural areas are at greater risk from accidental injury-related death than children living in urban areas. These children are especially at risk from drowning, motor vehicle crashes, unintentional firearm injury, residential fires and agricultural work-related injury.

 Injuries in rural settings occur in remote, sparsely populated areas that tend to lack organized systems of trauma care, resulting in prolonged response and transport times. A short supply of medical facilities, equipment and personnel to treat injuries in rural areas also contributes to increased risk.

 Minority children living in rural areas are especially at risk from accidental injury- related death. These children represent a smaller percentage of the rural population, and their specific needs are unlikely to be met.

 Higher injury fatality rates in rural communities are due in part to the high number of farm-related injuries. Children account for 20 percent of all injury-related farm fatalities and represent an even larger portion of nonfatal injuries.

 Inner-city children are at greater risk for severe nonfatal injuries than suburban and rural children. However, their mortality rates from injury are lower, possibly due to proximity to hospitals and trauma centers.
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