Injury Prevention

South Nassau Injury Prevention

Community Outreach/Injury Prevention Programs

Here at South Nassau Communities Hospital we know that traumatic injuries can affect anyone.  Injuries are preventable.

It is likely that you or someone you know has been touched by an injury: A neighborhood child killed in a car crash. A friend who committed suicide. An older relative who fell and suffered a brain injury.

Injuries affect everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. In the first half of life, more Americans die from violence and injuries — such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, or homicides — than from any other cause, including cancer, HIV, or the flu.

And, deaths are only part of the problem. Each year, millions of people are injured and survive. They are faced with life-long mental, physical, and financial problems.

To prevent injuries it is necessary to have information about the factors that contribute to their occurrence.

  • Injury- any unintentional or intentional damage to the body
  • Major trauma can potentially lead to serious outcomes.
  • Injury is the 5th leading cause of death in all age groups. It is the leading cause of death in ages 1-42
  • Most common fatal mechanisms of injury are falls, motor vehicle accidents and firearms.
  • Falls are the leading mechanism of injury and death in the elderly, 88% of all injury hospitalizations were due to falls in the older adult population of Nassau County
  • Males have a higher rate of injury death in all ages

We know that Prevention Saves Live

Injuries are so common that we often accept them as just part of life. But they can be prevented, and their consequences reduced. We know prevention works. For example:

  • Seat belts have saved an estimated 255,000 lives between 1975 and 2008.
  • Child safety seats when correctly installed and used reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers aged 1-4 years.  Studies in the U.S. and elsewhere have shown that bike riders wearing helmets are less likely to suffer brain injuries than those who don’t
  • Sobriety checkpoints are proven effective in reducing alcohol-related crashes and deaths by approximately 17-25%
  • Tai chi, Stepping On and other exercise programs for older adults have been shown to reduce falls by as much as half among participants.

South Nassau’s Trauma Center is:

  • Following injury trends in Nassau County
  • Identifying priority areas for injury prevention based on local data
  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention programs that meet the needs of the community
  • Education for medical professionals and the community
  • Working with local, state and national organizations

The Trauma Center is working to reduce these common types of injuries by offering FREE community programs to increase awareness and provide safety education.

Accidents Happen, but Most Injuries Are Preventable

The Trauma Center is working to reduce these common types of injuries by offering community programs to increase awareness and provide safety education.

All programs are offered free to the community. Most programs can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the community organization or event. Please contact us directly for more information and to discuss arranging a program in your area.

Concussion/TBI management
Student athlete/parent/coach/school faculty sports safety information sessions.

  • Learn the signs and symptoms of concussion
  • When to seek treatment
  • Post-concussion follow-up with a concussion management specialist at our SMART center ( Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy Center)
  • Click here for more information: CDC – Concussion Website

Preventing Falls in Older Adults

  • Learn if you are at risk and what you can do to prevent falls
  • Home Health and Safety topics
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention (8 week program)
  • Stepping On (7 week program)
  • Informational programs for senior groups
  • Click here for more information: CDC – Falls Website

Tai Chi and Stepping On are both evidence-based programs to help participants reduce their risk of falling by up to 50%.  Call Allison Anderson, Injury Prevention Coordinator at (516) 442-5766 for more information and/or to register for future classes!

Tai Chi:

  • JCC- Cedarhurst, October 17, 2017- December 12, 2017
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30am-10:30am
  • Long Beach Senior Center, January 8, 2018- February 28, 2018
    • Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00am-12:00pm

Stepping On:

  • Oceanside Library
    • Wednesdays beginning September 27, 2017 ending November 8, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Freeport Library
    • Fridays beginning March 9, 2018 ending May 4, 2018, 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Long Beach Senior Center at Temple Emanu-El
    • Tuesdays beginning January 2, 2018 ending February 13, 2018

Programs can be tailored to meet the needs of your group or organization. Please contact us directly to schedule one of the above programs or discuss additional programs that will fit your need.

For more information, please contact our Injury Prevention Coordinator:

Allison Anderson, RN, CPEN
Department of Surgery-Trauma
(516) 442-5766
allison.anderson@snch.org

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