Despite decades of progress in the development of trauma centers and trauma systems, injury remains the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. The financial, physical, and emotional impacts touch every home, school, and workplace in all of our communities.*
According to the Centers for Disease Control, unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for those ages 1 – 44 and the 3rd leading cause of death for those 45 – 64. The most challenging part of trauma and injury is that it is largely preventable.
The following are some of the more common mechanisms of injury seen in the Deaconess Regional Trauma Center:
Motor Vehicle Crashes – whether it be distracted driving, drunk driving or a variety of other excuses, the reality is that most motor vehicle crashes are preventable.
Falls – Every year, millions of older people fall. Many falls do not cause injury, but 1 out of 5 falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken hip or a head injury. These injuries can have serious consequence – from impacting daily activity, living independently, or even death.
Penetrating Injuries/Violence – All you need to do to recognize the increase in penetrating injuries is pick up a newspaper or listen to a news cast. There has been a rapid increase in the number of injuries due to violence in our communities.
In addition, the Deaconess Regional Trauma Center treats patients who have been in ATV crashes, bicycle wrecks, and other recreational sports injuries, just to name a few.
*American Trauma Society, Prevention Guidelines for ACS Verified Trauma Centers