Button battery fatalities - new resources

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Button batteries are increasingly found in common household items including remote-locking fobs, toys, watches, and hearing aids. Tragically, two children have died from gastrointestinal burn injuries after ingesting button batteries. Around 20 children present to Australian hospitals each week suspected of swallowing or inserting a button battery.

SA Health has partnered with Kidsafe SA to develop a clinical information poster for general practices. The poster aims to raise awareness of symptoms, rapid onset (under two hours) of life-threatening injuries, and urgent actions if practitioners suspect a child has swallowed a button battery.

SA Health asks general practitioners to support this initiative to reduce injuries associated with delayed diagnoses by promoting and displaying posters in prominent locations with high staff visibility.

Clinical posters will be mailed to metropolitan general practices in coming weeks. All awareness campaign resources, including public poster and brochures for parents are available for metropolitan and country practices to download.

More information is available from Public Health, T: 8226 7100.


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