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, Florida’s 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.
In 2011, Florida’s 22 verified trauma centers reported conducting a total of approximately 346 injury prevention programs.
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: Prom Night, Prom Promise, and Shattered Dreams.
In 1998, Florida had 50 deaths due to motor-vehicle accidents of teens on prom night. With the implementation of Prom Night, Prom Promise, and Shattered Dreams programs, there were no deaths associated with motor-vehicle accidents reported by trauma centers from 2006 through 2011.
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.
In Fiscal Year (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 Inventories
Below are the inventories of the injury prevention efforts of Florida's trauma centers by year.
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Email: Trauma Program
Florida Department of Health
Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-22
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1738
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