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Children who are treated for bicycle-related injuries in the emergency departments at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling and its sister hospital in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are leaving with new helmets.

“We observed that most of these patients were not wearing a helmet at the time of their accident, so our hope is this new helmet, when worn properly, will help protect them in future,” said Carol Eddy, nurse and outreach coordinator.

The goal is to convince young people to wear helmets when riding bikes, skating or engaging in other activities to protect against brain injury or serious trauma, which can have a lifelong impact.

Dr. Christopher Gooch, emergency medicine physician, said the choice to wear a helmet while bicycling or skating “could make a life-saving difference for a child.”

“Teaching children today the proper ways to wear a helmet could protect them for many years to come,” he said.

Representatives are also visiting local elementary schools to educate children about the importance of helmet safety.

“It is important for children to learn the proper ways to wear the helmets in order for them to be proactive for their own safety,” Eddy said. “Most injuries occur when the rider loses control and falls over the handlebars. These accidents result in wounds, broken bones and sometimes head injuries.”

OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees.

 

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