Trauma Awareness Month
Prisma Health recognizes May as National Trauma Awareness Month with a new focus each year, working to highlight injury prevention and trauma awareness in our communities.
2021 — Safe and secure: Safety is a choice, prevention is key
Prevention is also a key ingredient in reducing injury. Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for people age 1–44. The impact of injury can have long reaching effects such as disability, mental health disorders and financial issues.
The leading causes of preventable death are motor vehicle crashes, falls, and suffocation while the leading causes of non-fatal preventable injuries treated in emergency rooms are falls, struck by or against an object, and overexertion.
Most injuries are preventable. Choosing to be aware of your environment as well as staying informed on the latest safety facts is a great place to start. Following the rules of the road, safe-play and wearing appropriate safety gear are all essential in reducing preventable injuries.
We are all at risk in every part of our lives
National Trauma Awareness Month isn’t to remind you that trauma happens – we all know that. It is to offer an opportunity to reflect on how to keep ourselves, our families, our work force and our communities safer by recognizing that safety is a choice and prevention is key to avoiding injury and death.
Distractions while traveling
- Are You a Multitasking Whiz?
- The Great Multitasking Lie
- CDC Motor Vehicle Safety: Distracted Driving
- NHTSA Distracted Driving
- CDC Teen Driver Safety
- NHTSA Bicycle Safety
- National Safety Council - Take Steps to Avoid Injury or Death While Walking
- National Safety Council - Head Up Phone Down When Heading Back to School
- Safe Kids Worldwide - Take Action to Prevent Distracted Walking
Distractions at home
- Slips, Trips and Falls: Distracted Walking Video
- Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls
- AAOS Brochure on Distracted Walking
- Head Up, Phone Down
- 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall for Older Adults
- Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts
- Cell Phones and Drowning
- National Safety Council Recreational Boating Safety Guide
- National Safety Council Fireworks Safety
- NHTSA Child Safety In and Around Cars
- National Safety Council Free Online Course: Children in Hot Cars
- Look Before You Lock Checklist
- CDC Fire Prevention
- Home Safety Checklists
- Project Child Safe: Firearm Safety and Storage
- Safe Firearm Storage Options Video
Distractions at work
- Workplace Safety: Three Deadly Distractions and How to Fight Them
- Toolbox of Safety Tips for Discussion in the Workplace
- Distracted on the Job
- Fatigue at Work
- Mobile Devices: A Dangerous Distraction on Construction Sites
- Fighting Complacency
- Complacency - The Silent Killer
- CDC Distracted Driving at Work
- FMCSA Distracted Driving and Commercial Motorized Devices
- For Employers: NSC Safe Driving Toolkit
- For Employers: National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse: Reducing Worker Fatigue and Distraction Risks