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Donna Joyner_72Chatting with a Safety Expert About Toy Safety

Donna Joyner has been trauma/burn outreach coordinator for Wake Forest Baptist Health—Brenner Children’s Hospital for over 10 years.


Bike Safety

girl riding a bicycle

Donna Joyner, coordinator of Safe Kids Northwest Piedmont, gets passionate when educating parents about bicycle safety, especially helmets.

As the trauma/burn outreach coordinator for Wake Forest Baptist Health—Brenner Children’s Hospital, she has the following bicycle safety tips for parents:

  • Buy a bicycle that fits. The child’s feet should be able to touch the floor to control the bike. “You don’t buy a bike for a child to grow into.’’ 
  • When you buy a bicycle for a child, buy the helmet, too. Make sure it fits. “You don’t buy a helmet to grow into, either.’’ 
  • Make sure the child is wearing the helmet. And wear one yourself. “Parents say they just hate to wear a helmet. It’s very disturbing to hear a parent say that, especially in front of a child. I tell them a helmet will reduce a head injury by 85%.’’ 
  • Helmets are worth it even for your tyke’s first tricycle. “They’re all decorated up with the Spiderman or princess outfit or whatever. But if they fall over, their big old head is the first thing that’s going to hit the ground. And if you start them young like that, they’re more apt to wear helmets when they get older.’"

Brenner News and Highlights 

Brenner Children’s Hospital Again Ranked among Best in Country by U.S. News & World Report

For the second straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Brenner Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, among the best children’s hospitals in the country.


Head Hits Can Be Reduced in Youth Football; Study Shows Limiting Contact in Practice Makes Difference

Less contact during practice could mean a lot less exposure to head injuries for young football players, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Virginia Tech.


Ranked in 12 Medical Specialties, Wake Forest Baptist is among the Nation’s Best Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report

For the 21st consecutive year, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is listed among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The online magazine released its annual national ranking of the country’s premier hospitals, earlier today.


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