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Injury Prevention

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury in the US with more than 32,000 people killed and 2 million injured each year from motor vehicle crashes. Reducing motor vehicle crash deaths requires a collaborative approach between national, state, regional and local agencies along with trauma centers to identify causes and provide prevention interventions and education to the community.

CAGE Screening – alcohol use identification and intervention

Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes (CDC, 2016).  At Riverside Community Hospital all trauma patients that have a positive Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level are evaluated for alcohol abuse. The CAGE screening questionnaire is a highly validated and widely used screening test for problem drinking and potential alcohol problems. Qualified staff utilizes this screening tool to assess patients for alcohol abuse in order to provide brief interventions and referral for treatment.

Every year more than 18,000 Americans die from injuries in the home. Home injuries are the second most common location for fatalities. Most of these injuries are unintentional and sadly most are preventable. Injuries that occur in the home account for more than 21 million medical visits annual equaling over $220 billion in medical costs! Here are a few helpful tips to prevent injuries in the home.

Falls account for 2.5 million emergency department visits annually and over 700,000 hospital admissions. One in five people that fall will have a serious injury such as a broken bone, fractured hip, or brain injury.  Identifying the cause of falls can help healthcare professionals develop comprehensive plans to prevent future falls. Discuss with a medical provider about ways to prevent falls. Below are additional resources for fall prevention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children 0 to 19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries. Sports injuries can range from scrapes and bruises to serious brain and spinal cord injuries, however most fall somewhere between the two extremes.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there are an estimated 12,000 or more emergency department visits between November and December are for injuries involving holiday decorating.  Falling from a ladder and stepping on broken ornaments may be funny in holiday movies but in real life, these and similar mishaps result in visits to the emergency room, or calls to fire departments, for thousands of people each year. Safety can keep a holiday tradition from becoming a holiday tragedy.