May 14, 2013

Don’t Be Distracted—It’s Trauma Awareness Month

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The American Trauma Society and Society of Trauma Nurses proclaims May as Trauma Awareness Month. This year’s theme is a powerful one: If You’re Distracted, We’re Impacted.

Distracted driving; we see it all the time, don’t we? According to the ATS and STN, the results are deadly:

16% of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving (NHTSA)
20% of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving (NHTSA)
Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves (Monash University)
Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted (VTTI)
Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving 55 mph the length of a football field blindfolded (VTTI)
Using a cell phone while driving, whether hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of 08 (University of Utah)
Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37% (Carnegie Mellon)
In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured (NHTSA)
Teen drivers are more likely than other age groups to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is reported (NHTSA)
At any given moment during the daylight hours, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone (NHTSA)
80% of motorists rate distracted driving as a very serious threat to their safety (AAA Foundation)

Our family of brands offers a number of courses that cover typical trauma injuries encountered by EMS as well as courses for everyone to improve their driving skills and shake that bad distracted driving habit.

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Trauma Assessment

Reviews the importance and basic steps of a systematic approach to primary, secondary, and isolated injury trauma assessments.

Pediatric Trauma

Covers common types of pediatric trauma, the importance of early recognition of injuries and rapid treatment, and emphasizes the need to understand the differences in pediatric anatomy in order to adjust assessment techniques.

Abdominal Trauma

Discusses the various traumas associated with the abdomen and covers effective strategies to determine and treat abdominal trauma.

Blunt Chest Trauma

Signs, symptoms, and treatment for traumatic chest injuries are reviewed as well as current protocols regarding pain management and fluid therapy.

Extreme Sports Injuries: Extremity Trauma

Pain management, splinting, and the various techniques used to stabilize an extremity. The focus is on upper extremity trauma and treating PSDE – painful, swollen, deformed extremities.

Geriatric Trauma: Hip Injuries

Anatomy and physiology of the hip, basic emergency care, pain management, and the special consideration of treating a geriatric patient with an injury to the lower extremity are highlighted.

Penetrating Trauma: GSW

This program reviews the emergency care and treatment considerations for penetrating trauma, as well as scene safety and crime scene preservation. Airway management, signs and symptoms of shock, bleeding control, and treatment of a pneumothorax are also covered.

Trauma During Pregnancy

The effects of trauma on a pregnant patient, common types of injury, and the importance of early recognition of injuries and rapid treatment are presented.

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Forever And Ever: The Lasting Consequences of Distracted Driving

This important story compels drivers of all ages to realize that when you are behind the wheel there is nothing that takes precedence over operating the vehicle safely. Change the behavior of your employees and their families with this insightful and powerful program.

Decision Driving®: Module 1 -Positive Approach to Safe Driving

Five principles which will improve your Decision Driving® performance and skills.

Decision Driving® Truck

A positive approach to safe driving and how to expand your field of vision on the road. Also included are skills for planning an escape route in the event of an accident ahead, and how take safe, but decisive action behind the wheel.

Street Smart: Driving Skills

Enable your employees to recognize and reduce hazards such as adverse road conditions, inclement weather, and the dangers of alcohol and drug use behind the wheel.

PACE Behavioral Driving: Passenger Vehicles

PACE Behavioral Driving: Commercial Vehicles

Using the acronym PACE (Plan Ahead, Analyze the Surroundings, Communicate with Others, Execute Safe Driving), this behavioral driving method has been developed by Marsh USA to assist you in experiencing a more stress-free, uneventful and safe workplace driving environment.

DOT: Driver Wellness

Educate your drivers on hazards on the road associated with job duties including: stress, fatigue, and exposure; work environment and ergonomic factors; and lifestyle choices such as poor diet, smoking and hypertension.

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