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Trauma Center Focuses on Injury Prevention

Injury is the most under-recognized public health problem facing the nation today. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death of those between ages 1 and 45 and the fifth-leading cause of death across all ages in the U.S. The most challenging aspect of this large burden of injury is that it is largely preventable.

Cedars-Sinai's trauma center is focused on the most effective approach to prevent injuries and prioritizes its efforts based on our local epidemiologic data. Cedars-Sinai, along with other trauma centers across the nation, collaborates with injury-prevention experts and resources within the community.

For example, in May, National Trauma Awareness Month celebrates its 27th anniversary with the campaign slogan "3D Trauma Prevention." The campaign is focusing on contributors to motor vehicle crashes, including drugs and alcohol, distraction and drowsiness. Cedars-Sinai has been dedicated to supporting this educational prevention message ever since President Ronald Reagan signed the declaration declaring May as National Trauma Awareness Month in 1988.

Part of every effective injury-prevention effort is a focus on proximate causes. The Cedars-Sinai trauma center uses the screening, brief, intervention and referral process to screen for alcohol in trauma patients. This tool provides a mechanism to identify problem drinkers and has the capability to provide intervention or referral for patients identified as problem drinkers.

Cedars-Sinai is part of the Hospital and Morgue Program, a collaboration with Los Angeles County Superior Court and the Office of the Coroner. The goal of this program is to reduce recidivism among its participants, who have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The program consists of three components:

  • An interactive lecture at Cedars-Sinai by an experienced trauma nurse
  • A visit to the Coroner's Office; the visit consists of a tour, case presentations and an interactive lecture from a guest speaker
  • A 500-word essay in which participants describe the impact they have felt by participating in this program

Each year the American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses and other professional organizations, highlights injury-prevention topics such as risks of falls, distracted driving, drunk driving and sports injuries.