New Protocols Ask Doctors to Look for Sentinel Injuries

Newborn baby after delivery at hospital

More than half of young babies with suspicious injuries are taken to emergency departments at adult hospitals instead of pediatric hospitals. The Timely Recognition of Abusive Injuries Collaborative recently released protocols for the professionals examining those infants to protect the infants from possible future abuse.

The collaborative’s lead investigator, Dr. Jonathan Thackeray, said children who are harmed are frequently harmed recurrently. Recognizing “sentinel injuries” enables professionals to intervene and protect children from future injury.

Thackeray was a speaker at the 2016 Celebrate Kids! Conference.

The collaborative, an initiative of the Ohio Children’s Association, released a list of sentinel injuries to watch for along with other guidelines in the second of a three-phase project. Thackeray said the work will continue into 2018.

Read the Columbus Dispatch article here.