For National Trauma Awareness Month: Injury prevention tips

May 13, 2015

May is National Trauma Awareness Month. Each year, trauma accounts for 41 million emergency room visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions across the nation. Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunken driving crash. On average, two out of three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.

Violence and injuries affect everyone, regardless of age, race or economic status. Injuries can be prevented and their consequences reduced. Injury prevention tips to keep you and your family safe include:

  • Never drive while “buzzed” or under the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs. Call a friend or family member for a ride instead.
  • Wear a seat belt every time, even for short drives. Check passengers to be sure they are buckled up, as well.
  • Avoid distractions while driving and focus on the road. Assign a co-pilot to check a phone, change the music selections and manage the conversation in the vehicle. If alone, put the phone away and make the call after you arrive at your destination.
  • Check speed and follow posted limits.
  • Check attitude when getting ready to drive. Anger, sadness and being upset may cause poor driving decisions. Take a few minutes to be calm and take some deep breaths before starting the vehicle.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center is an accredited Level 1 trauma center for both adults and children where 3,000 trauma patients received treatment and care in 2014.

Last Updated May 14, 2015