Data from the Susy Safe registry have shown that food foreign bodies are those that cause injuries most ferquently. Particularly food bones, nuts and seeds, grains are those with the highest incidence (accounting for 32%, 22% and 21% respectively), but those that cause most severe injuries are meat, sweets and other food types sharing the same characteristics (consistency, shape, size). Additionally, about a half of injuries have occurred under adult supervision, showing lack of knowledge about hazardous food items.
The project consists on a series of short videos freely available on a dedicated website. In each video a specific topic regarding food choking injuries in children is addressed: epidemiology, children’s anatomy, obstruction’s mechanism and food preparation. Following the US and Canada guidelines for food preparation, videos provide basic information, explaining in a clear and as simple as possible manner how to prepare hazardous foods: with simple measures even the most dangerous foods can be safely consumed by children.
Each topic is presented by a field expert: a Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, an ENT Doctor, a Pediatrician, a Researcher, a professional Chef de cuisine. Furthermore, people of different ethnic and social backgrounds (in many cases parents of young children) participated voluntarily to the realization of the videos. The videos are available in English, Italian, Spanish and Italian Sign Language and will be available in Portuguese, French, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Japanese in order to reach as many people as possible.