AARP sponsors driving course for seniors in Bridgeport

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On Friday, Sept. 19, The Watermark at 3030 Park will host the AARP Smart Driver™ Safety Course, a class designed to help people over the age of 50 navigate roads more safely and comfortably. The class will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the senior living community, located at 3030 Park Ave. […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s physicians and staff from the Injury Prevention Center were joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sarah Eagan- State Child Advocate, and Jack Harder from the American Red Cross Thursday to discuss summer safety.

Be safe this holiday weekend

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Though you and your family are likely anticipating the holiday season, it’s not without its dangers. This summer, children ages 14 and under will be rushed to emergency rooms nearly 3 million times for serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, drownings, bike crashes, pedestrian incidents, falls and other hazards.  But staff at Connecticut Children’s […] [Read More]

Summer safety tips from the Department of Health

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With summer officially upon us, the Connecticut Department of Public Health wants you to keep safety in mind as you go about their daily activities this season. “Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities, get exercise, and spend time with family and friends,” stated DPH Deputy Commissioner Katharine Lewis in a news release. […] [Read More]

St. Vincent’s named a model of safety in OSHA report

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St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport was recently featured on the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration educational website for hospitals as a model of hospital that practices safe patient handling. OSHA’s profile of St. Vincent’s Medical Center cites a “safety trumps all” attitude and a “high reliability” culture  that  have resulted in […] [Read More]

Yale study: Malpractice claims fall when safety is a priority

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A Connecticut hospital saw a 50 percent drop in malpractice liability claims and payments when it made patient safety initiatives a priority by training doctors and nurses to improve teamwork and communication, hiring a patient safety nurse, and standardizing practices, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. The results, published in the […] [Read More]
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Health and safety art contest for teens

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The Connecticut Young Worker Health and Safety Team is hosting a statewide contest for teens to create artwork that demonstrates health and safety practices that can help teens and other workers avoid hazards in the workplace. The submitted artwork may include graphic design, photography, montage, drawing, and/or painting. Eligible students must be enrolled in a […] [Read More]
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Take the Bike-Walk Connecticut survey

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Bike Walk Connecticut is conducting a statewide public opinion survey of the bike- and walk-friendliness of Connecticut’s cities and towns. The survey is available at   www.surveymonkey.com/s/bikewalkCT You can learn more about this project at www.bikewalkct.org/complete-streets-campaign.  This initiative is made possible through the financial support of the Connecticut Department of Public Health through Cooperative Agreement […] [Read More]

Griffin to host safe driving class

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Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 in the hospital’s dining room meeting rooms. The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers. While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is […] [Read More]
A scene from “It Was Me” featuring Kristen Sewell, of Shelton. The video was one of three PSAs on safe driving produced by Valley teens that will will air on the Consumer Reports’ website during the high school prom season to teach teenagers about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, especially driving while texting.

Safe driving PSAs by Valley teens to air on Consumer Reports site

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High school students from Shelton, Ansonia, Oxford and Derby helped write, direct and produce three public service announcements on safe teen driving that were selected to appear on the Consumer Reports’ website. The PSAs recently premiered at an event at Griffin Hospital as part of Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach […] [Read More]
Pedal carts, seen here at a recent Children’s Health and Safety Fair, are used to teach teens about distracted and drunk driving and younger children about pedestrian safety.

Parish nurses get grant for teen driving program

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The Valley United Way is helping Griffin Hospital’s Valley Parish Nurse Program and Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley “drive” home the dangers of distracted driving to teenagers. The Valley United Way’s Special Needs Grants Program recently awarded Safe Kids and VPN $2,000 to purchase an additional pedal cart and key chains for their Teen Safe […] [Read More]