Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Programs
All trauma centers are required to conduct injury prevention programs within their communities to comply with Standard XVII of DOH Pamphlet 150-9, Florida Trauma. Although the trauma center is a key component of acute care for the critically injured trauma patient, an effective trauma system encompasses all phases of care, from prehospital to reintegration into society. By providing multidisciplinary educational opportunities and becoming actively involved in the formulation of community approaches to trauma care, Floridas trauma centers aid in attaining the goal of optimal care for all injured patients. As part of Standard XVII, trauma centers develop injury prevention and outreach programs in response to identified, targeted local problems. These programs consist primarily of educational activities and events designed to raise community awareness of traumatic injuries, and the personal safety measures that one can take to prevent these injuries from occurring. Outcome: In 2011, Floridas 22 verified trauma centers reported conducting a total of approximately 346 injury prevention programs.
2011 Highlights Evidenced-Based Injury Prevention Program
The following of some of the evidence-based injury prevention programs conducted by Florida's Trauma Centers in 2011 that have contributed in the reduction in the trauma mortality rate in the areas of the state
where these programs have been implemented:
WalkSafeTMProgram The WalkSafe program was developed at the University of Miami/Ryder Trauma Center in 2001. The program couples injury prevention with health promotion efforts in order to encourage children to walk more and walk safely. The Ryder Trauma Center's WalkSafe program's educational curriculum is an evidence-based pedestrian injury prevention curriculum, which is taught in elementary schools. In addition to the program in Miami-Dade County, this educational program has been successfully implemented in seven additional high-risk counties within the state, which are Broward, Collier, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Polk and Volusia counties. Outcomes: In FY 2011-2012, the number of students educated and the number of teachers trained increased from the previous year. There are 66 schools (93% of targeted schools), an increase from only 11 schools during the previous year, elementary schools completed the WalkSafe education component, as verified through the submission of an online Curriculum Completion Form. The forms submitted by the participating counties have demonstrated that 35,547 students were educated and 981 teachers were trained during the FY 2011-2012 school year. The program's goal for the FY 2012-2013 school year will be to implement the program in all elementary schools in the Orange County Public School district and continuing to maintain and expand the program's presence in high-risk counties throughout the state.
Trauma Center Injury Prevention Annual InventoriesInjury Prevention Definitions-Classification.
Below are the inventories of the injury prevention efforts of Florida's trauma centers by year.
2009-2010 Inventory of Trauma Center Injury Prevention Efforts
More details regarding these programs can be found in the trauma center sections of the 2009 Florida Trauma System Annual Report.
Other related injury prevention links and resources:
Gang Violence is increasing throughout Florida. The information at the link below provides website resources for
trauma center staff to independently broaden their knowledge base pertaining to the increase in gang violence throughout the
state of Florida. This informational tool provides credible resources that are easily and efficiently accessible. Click on the
link below to view the informational tool.
Gang Violence: CDC Study Identifies Factors associated with Youth Gang Affiliation that have Potential Prevention Implications
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces a new study on gang affiliation - and the risk and protective factors associated with it.
The results are useful for prevention planning. The study, "Risk and Protective Factors associated with Gang Affiliation among High-Risk Youth: A Public Health Approach" appears in the January 11, 2012 online edition of Injury Prevention.
The study found an estimated 7% of youths were gang affiliated. But the percentage of youth who reported gang affiliation varied, depending on the number of protective influences, such as parental monitoring and a youth's ability to cope with conflict.
Other key findings in the report include:
To Learn More:
View an electronic copy of this report at http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2012/01/04/injuryprev-2011-040083.full.
Motorcycle Safety - Helmets Save Lives
CDC's Injury Center is committed to keeping people safe on the road. With more people in the United States riding motorcycles today than ever before, motorcycle deaths and injuries are an important public health concern and economic liability. Not only did motorcycle crashes kill nearly 5,300 people in 2008, but the number of deaths from these crashes increased every single year between 1997 and 2008.
CDC's new publication Motorcycle Safety: How to Save Lives and Save Money (Motorcycle Safety Guide) is now available. The Guide is designed to provide policy makers and members of the traffic safety and public health communities with evidence-based motorcycle safety information in an easy-to-use format. The Guide provides key details on:
Working together, we can help keep more people safe on the road-every day.
National Safety Council
Injury Prevention Program (IPP) - 2009-2013 Florida Injury Prevention Strategic Plan
Florida Injury Prevention Collaboration
Florida Injury Prevention Programs
National and Regional Injury Prevention Organizations
General Injury Prevention Resources
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Resources
DOT-Community Traffic Safety Teams
Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida
State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors' Association (STIPDA)
Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention and the Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy
Safe Kids USA
SafetyLit.org is the Web site of the Injury Prevention Resource Library at San Diego State University School of Public Health.
Teen Driving: For Parents of Teen Drivers -- I Pledge -- A New 60-second Video
CDC has a 60-second video as part of the Parents Are the Key campaign for safe teen driving.
The new I Pledge video shows a number of moms and dads pledging to protect their teen driversthe same way they pledged to keep them safe since the day they were born.
Watch the new video and share it with others to help spread the word.More CDC resources on Safe Teen Driving:
WalkSafeTMProgram, Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center
Youth Violence: STRYVE to Prevent Youth Violence
Youth violence is preventable. Learn how STRYVE helps communities build comprehensive strategies that are based on the best available evidence and implemented through multisector action.
STRYVE, or Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence before it starts.
STRYVE provides community tools through mechanisms such as STRYVE Online. STRYVE Online offers community leaders and others working to prevent youth violence
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