The Doernbecher's Tom Sargent Safety Center is dedicated to reducing preventable injuries in children throughout the Pacific Northwest by:
- Providing public and professional education and training
- Increasing access to low-cost safety supplies and resources
- Encouraging healthcare providers, families and community leaders to get involved in finding ways to reduce injury
- Supporting safety-related advocacy in the Pacific Northwest.
In Oregon and the U.S., injuries are the leading cause of death and disability among children. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that each year, one in four children are injured seriously enough to require medical attention. Most of these injuries could have been prevented. Most accidental injuries are caused by falls, motor vehicles, fires and burns, drowning, poisonings, choking, suffocation, and guns. Learning how to prevent injuries and using safety products, materials and resources can help keep your child safe.