Several safety concerns exist in pediatric populations. A common safety concern that needs addressing among the pediatric population is suffocation-related injuries. A significant number of sudden infant deaths are hugely associated with suffocation, and thus the need to put in place measures to deal with the concern (Xiang et al., 2019). The pediatric population between eighteen months and three years is the most prone to the safety concern. It is critical to highlight that in this period, kids are more prone because they are in a development stage where they begin to assert their decisions, an aspect that leaves them pretty vulnerable to suffocation-related injuries.
The specific education will be centered on parents with minors who are most prone, which will be between eighteen months and three years. Parents and guardians are among the interested parties who should harbor the information to ensure that they create an environment where the minors are safe (DeGeorge et al., 2020). It is vital to note that kids cannot be compared to adults, especially regarding reasoning, and most of the safety concerns can be prevented if the environment with minors is kept safe. Parents and guardians need to understand that coughs in children are not as effective as in adults and thus are more prone to suffocation since it becomes harder to clear their airways, making it a safety concern that needs to be addressed.
Some of the nursing diagnoses that may be associated with suffocation-related injuries include:
Risk for aspiration due to obstruction from foreign bodies. Children must understand it is dangerous to swallow items to be better placed to avoid the occurrence. Adults, however, must monitor their kids activities and ensure that there is an evaluation to determine minors swallowing capability to prevent the risk and injuries associated with consumption.
Ineffective airway clearance is associated with immature organs. To be in a position to determine the severity, it is essential that guardians understand their mental status, ensure they monitor the kids, and ensure aspects such as breathing are moderated effectively.
Impaired swallowing due to airway immaturity. It is only crucial that one understand their minors habits. Some key aspects that must be monitored at any given time include understanding the minors readiness to eat and ensuring that one notes factors such as a change in voice among children and behavior to ensure that they do not succumb to suffocation-related injuries.
DeGeorge, K. C., Neltner, C. E., & Neltner, B. T. (2020). Prevention of unintentional childhood injury. American family physician, 102(7), 411-417.
Xiang, L., Wang, K., Miao, L., Kang, L., Li, X., Zhu, J., … & Wang, Y. (2019). Injury-related mortality among children younger than 5 years in China during 20092016: an analysis from national surveillance system. Injury prevention, 25(1), 60-66.
Respond to two classmates’ posts with a different safety education than you chose and add additional rationale for why this type of education is beneficial. Cite 1-2 scholarly sources to support each response.