"Teddy Bear Clinic" to Teach Safety Messages with Help of Toys "R" Us
May 22, 2015
The Rochester chapter of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids (IFCK), based out of UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital, is teaming up with Project T.I.P.S. to reduce home injuries of urban underprivileged children through teachable moments at local teddy bear clinics. The interactive clinics, both held at 3:30 p.m., on May 28 at 210 Troup St. and June 25 at Carter Street Playground, aim to educate families and increase the use of home safety devices. Safety equipment provided at the clinics was made possible by a $1,000 donation from the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund.
Children can bring their broken or damaged toys to the clinics and health care professionals from UR Medicine’s Kessler Burn & Trauma Center, as well as pediatric and emergency department nurses, will use the opportunity of helping repair the toys to educate families and children about safety issues in the home and how they can prevent similar injuries from happening in their lives. This educational exchange will result in participating families receiving home safety checklists, safety devices, and a first aid kit. Project T.I.P.S. (Trust, Information, Programs, and Services) will also be providing free bicycles, helmets, and a variety of other services for families at the two locations.
Hundreds of individuals from the Rochester community are expected to attend.
“The Pediatric Emergency Department saw nearly 2,500 injuries that happened in the home just last year,” said Anne Brayer, M.D., pediatric emergency medicine physician and director of Rochester’s Injury Free Coalition for Kids chapter. “Both minor and major injuries can often be prevented with foresight and caution. Educational clinics like the Teddy Bear Clinic provide the perfect opportunity to increase home-safety awareness.”
Project T.I.P.S. has already established working relationships with families that will benefit from the clinics. T.I.P.S. focuses on working in selected neighborhoods to rebuild trust amongst residents and share information with the help of community agencies and law enforcement personnel. The IFCK will use the clinics as an opportunity to determine what area families see as safety issues in their homes.