Trauma Program

Injury Prevention

“Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans 1-44 years old.” ~ Centers for Disease Control, September 2016

Burden of Injury

Injuries are a significant health concern in Georgia affecting everyone regardless of age, gender, race, or economic status. Approximately 5,200 Georgia die from injuries each year. Injuries present a significant burden to Georgians, measured not only in deaths, but also in immediate cost incurred during Emergency Department (ED) visits and hospitalizations; and long term costs associated with extended therapies, disabilities, and lost productivity. Each year, more than 41,000 Georgians are hospitalized and 730,000 are treated solely in the ED.

Navicent Health community outreach and injury prevention initiatives include a wide range of activities aimed at reducing risks or threats to health. The multi-faceted approach to injury prevention utilized by Trauma Services is designed to reduce the occurrence of injuries as well as to reduce the morbidity and mortality of injuries once they occur.

We conduct educational activities on a wide-range of injury prevention topics such as child passenger safety, distracted driving, helmet use, fall prevention, and violence prevention to name a few. If your organization would like to arrange an injury prevention presentation, please contact:

Additionally, you are welcome to participate in our community prevention programs. Below are a few highlighted Navicent Health initiatives.

Trauma Program Motor Vehicle Injuries

Motor Vehicle Related Injuries

Motor vehicle-related injuries are the leading cause of injury death in Georgia. Trauma Services works in collaboration with its community partners to educate the community to drive safely through educational programs and initiatives on child passenger safety, teen driving and senior driving.

Trauma Services proudly participates in the following safe driving programs.

Trauma Program Motor Vehicle Injuries
  • Car Fit
  • Drive Safe, Drive Smart
  • EndDD -Distracted Driving Campaign
  • Georgia P.R.I.D.E.
  • Kiwanis Teen Driving Roadeo
  • Teens in the Driver's Seat

Falls

Millions of older people fall each year. Annually, more than one out of four older people - those 65 and older - fall. While many falls do not cause injuries, one out of five falls will cause serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. In fact, fall-related injuries are the leading cause of hospitalizations in Georgia.

Navicent Health participates in the following Fall Prevention initiatives.

Trauma Program Falls
  • A Matter of Balance
  • Empower Balance Fall Risk Assessments
  • Fall Prevention Day Events
  • Fall Prevention Presentations
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis