Injury Prevention Program
Injury Prevention serves the hospital and community on several levels:
It is the responsibility of the trauma center to recognize trauma mechanisms and injury patterns specific to our local community. FMC injury prevention coordinator works collaboratively with other community resources to reduce preventable injuries through:
- Educational awareness of potential for injury and
identifying high risk behavior (DUI task force)
- Increasing protective equipment availability and
encouraging its use (Seat belt, helmet campaign)
- Drafting of rule and regulation including law enforcement to aid in compliance (Helmet law)
The recent City of Flagstaff ordinance requiring bicycle helmet use for minors is an excellent example of a community injury prevention project spear headed by trauma data, analysis and problem solving.
Another compelling ethical obligation is 50% of all patients who die of their injuries never make it to a hospital or trauma center. Improvements in trauma care do not have an affect on these immediate deaths. Reducing immediate deaths can be realized only through effective trauma prevention programs.
Traumatic unintentional injury is the #1 cause of death age 1-44 years
Mission and Values:
Injury prevention is consistent with our Mission: “Flagstaff Medical Center will improve the health of the people and communities we serve.”