Hi, I'm Heidi Hoschka, RN, CEN, Clinical Resource Nurse, Trauma Coordinator, Hudson Hospital Emergency Center. Welcome to my blog!
May recognizes National Trauma Awarness month and focuses on 3D Trauma Prevention - contributors to motor vehicle crashes - drugs, drinking, and distraction. Last year, the U.S. saw over 32,000 fatalities and over 2.3 million injuries from motor vehicle crashes. Of those 31% involved an alcohol-impaired driver and 18% involved a distracted driver, according to the Ameriacn Trauma Society.
Hudson Hospital Trauma Outreach
Hudson Hospital recently participated in a Mock Crash event coordinated by the Hudson High School, along with a number of community and emergency response organizations. This is part of an emergency preparedness exercise for Hudson Hospital. It’s held every three years to educate high school students on the consequences of drinking and driving. Approximately 1,000 people attended, including students, teachers, parents, community agencies and local media. They spend an afternoon witnessing various staged areas set up throughout the school campus to experience various stages of the emergency response, including auto crash rescue, arresting the driver, medical transport, hospital emergency care, court scene and funeral preparation/funeral. The entire event is initiated with the playback of an emotional call for help to 9-1-1.
Read the full article online at Hudson Star Observer.
An ounce of prevention
The saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," is all too true. Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death and disability among people under 34 across the nation. And according to the American Medical Association, falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits and accidental deaths in persons over age 65. That’s why Hudson Hospital & Clinic trauma prevention program focuses on outreach and education to reduce injury in the communities we serve.
Injuries may occur at any age. Of the trauma patients seen in our Emergency Center last year, over half of the injuries were falls-related ranging from youth to the elderly. Hudson Hospital & Clinic trauma prevention is a collaborative partnership developed by the West Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council consisting of ambulance and hospital providers from Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin.
Community educational events
Educational events we sponsor include bike and car seat safety; falls reduction and safety; mock crash demonstrations; emergency preparedness training; and mass casualty drills. Studies show community-based programs like these reduce injury incidence and deaths. Watch for our upcoming Car Seat Safety Event on May 28.
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