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Keep An Eye on Your Child’s Backpack

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 14,000 children are treated annually for backpack-related injuries.


Danielle Flowers, MD, pediatrician and Physician-in-Charge at Kaiser Permanente Mission Hills Medical Offices, encourages parents to pay special attention when choosing backpacks for youths.


Backpacks that are worn incorrectly, not fitted properly or are too heavy, can cause backaches, shoulder pain, poor posture and neck injuries.


A full backpack should never weigh more than 10-15 percent of a child’s body weight. To put this in perspective, if a child weighs 75 pounds, their backpack should weigh no more than 11 pounds.

Dr. Flowers suggests these additional tips:

  • Fit the backpack closely to the body, resting it in the middle of the back.
  • Don’t let the backpack sag. Avoid it falling more than four inches below waistline.
  • Place heavier items closest to the center of the back.

Last minute tips on rolling backpacks:

Although some parents may be tempted to purchase a rolling backpack, users tend to overload their rolling backpacks and if the pack has to be lifted continuously, it can cause wrist and/or shoulder strain.


Kathy Kigerl Named New Chief Administrative Officer for Kaiser Permanente Panorama City

Kathy helps to lead a team of physicians and employees serving more than 250,000 Kaiser Permanente members in the East San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Kathy’s service area includes the five large medical offices on the Panorama City Medical Center campus, as well as medical offices in Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Santa Clarita, and Canyon Country.

Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center Receives Women’s Choice Award® for America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics and America’s Best Stroke Centers

“We are honored to receive these Women’s Choice Awards which exemplify how Kaiser Permanente listens to women,” says Payman Roshan, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center. “The values and experiences of our female patients are a critical component of care and the care of loved ones.” Read more.

Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center Partners with Local Law Enforcement to for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, is encouraging community members to participate in the 15th “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Medical Offices 3. The service is free, easy, and anonymous.

Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center Recognized for Excellent Patient Safety

Independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group reports that 10 Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals earned “A” grades for their strong commitment to patient safety, including Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center.