October 25, 2014

Fewer child deaths in KS last year, survey shows

The number of child deaths in Kansas in 2010 was the lowest its been in 15 years, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced last week.
The Kansas State Child Death Review Board has released its annual report, analyzing statistics of the deaths of children age 17 and younger. During 2010, 441 children died in Kansas.  That is the lowest number of child deaths in Kansas in any year since 1995, when 404 children died.  The current report analyzes data from 2010, the most recent year for which data is available.
“Dealing with the death of a child is always difficult,” Schmidt said. “The work of the State Child Death Review Board helps us to understand the trends and focus resources where they are most needed to keep our children safe.”
Natural deaths remained the cause in the majority of the child fatalities, accounting for 302 of the total cases. Of the natural deaths, 55 percent were infants younger than 30 days. Pre-maturity and congenital conditions accounted for a majority of those deaths.
Unintentional injuries caused 91 child deaths in 2010, with 55 percent of those being the result of motor vehicle crashes. In the motor vehicle accidents, 71 percent of the fatality victims did not use, or misused, safety restraints.
“We analyze circumstances surrounding child fatality so that individuals, groups and organizations can see a clear picture of this tragic issue,” said Angela Nordhus, Executive Director of the Board. “Hopefully this will help us work together to make Kansas a safer place for our children.”
The Board is a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency volunteer board organized within the Attorney General’s Office to examine trends and patterns that identify risk factors in the deaths of children, from birth through 17 years of age.

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