There are more than 160,000 unintentional fatalities in the U.S. each year. In fact, unintentional injuries are the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Even more striking, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), almost 40% of these deaths are preventable. Some of the statistics that emerge from studies of these injuries will surprise you:
- Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 1 – 44.
- According to the National Safety Council, every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall injury.
- According to the CDC, for every 1 person that dies, 13 are hospitalized and 129 are seen in the emergency room.
- The CDC reports: The total lifetime medical and work loss costs of injuries and violence in the United States were $671 billion in 2013 ($214 billion from fatal injuries, $457 billion from nonfatal injuries).
- This is what motivates us at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) Trauma Injury Prevention Program (TIPP). We are driven to provide the community with evidence-based initiatives to raise awareness and make the Mid-Hudson Valley a safer place for everyone.
How we prevent injuries
An accident is defined as an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause. Accident suggests that there is nothing that could have been done to prevent the event. We prefer the term “unintentional,” because there are often small things that we failed to recognize as possible risk factors or causes, that could have helped us prevent injury.
The team at Vassar focuses on educational initiatives that are meaningfully presented to all age groups geared toward protecting and sustaining a high quality of life. The goal for VBMC is to assist in reducing preventable injuries throughout our region.
Education, the key to greater safety
At VBMC, the Trauma Injury Prevention Program (TIPP) aims to provide as much quality information to the community as possible. As you review the different ways injuries can be prevented, please consider inviting us to address your workplace, group, center or school. The more everyone knows about prevention, the more we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from unintentional injuries. To invite us: please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 845-797-6768.
Risk reduction and injury prevention
The most important way to reduce risk of injury is to take a close look at your workplace or family home and become alert to possible problems that can be prevented. Think about who uses these spaces or locations and what their abilities or limitations are. Preparation is the key to safety and injury prevention.