Injury Prevention

South Nassau Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention Program

Here at South Nassau Communities Hospital, we know that injuries affect everyone. 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 lifelong mental, physical and financial problems. To prevent injuries, it is necessary to have information about the factors that contribute to their occurrence.

Fast Facts

  • Injury is any unintentional or intentional damage to the body
  • Major trauma is injury that can potentially lead to serious outcomes
  • Injury is the fifth leading cause of death in all age groups. It is the leading cause of death in ages 1-42
  • Most common causes of fatal injuries are falls, motor vehicle accidents and firearms
  • Falls are the leading mechanism of injury and death in the elderly; 88 percent 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

Prevention Saves Lives

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 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers ages 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 percent
  • Tai chi 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
  • Providing education for medical professionals and the community
  • Working with local, state and national organizations

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/Traumatic Brain Injury Management
Student athlete/parent/coach 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)

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) COMING SOON!
  • Informational programs for senior groups

Please contact us directly to schedule one of the above programs, or to discuss additional programs that will fit your needs:

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

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