May is National Trauma Awareness Month. Established by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, National Trauma Awareness Month is a time for all of us to appeal to our state and federal lawmakers to support funding for trauma research and provide resources to local trauma centers. It’s also a good time to provide injury prevention messages to the public and to publicize the locations of trauma centers.

May 18th is National Trauma Survivor’s Day, sponsored by the American Trauma Society. Visit ATS and learn how you can help raise awareness:

Below are some suggestions for your own National Trauma Awareness Month campaign.

Call your members of Congress who sit on Appropriations Committees and ask for support of the Trauma Clinical Research Program in the Defense Health Program budget. NTI and the Coalition for National Trauma Research have asked for $20 million in FY 2017 for this program, which will establish a network of military and civilian trauma centers to conduct military-relevant trauma research.

House Appropriations Committee
Senate Appropriations Committee

Include recent trauma statistics in patient newsletters and flyers (see tab to left).

Publish safety reminders in local papers (see tab to the left).

Publicize Trauma Center locations and facts (see tabs to the left).

The Facts About Trauma in the U.S.

■ Trauma is the #1 cause of death for Americans between 1 and 46 years old.

■ Trauma is the #3 cause of death overall.

■ Each year, trauma accounts for 41 million
ER visits and 2 million
hospital admissions.

■ Trauma injury accounts for 30% of all life years lost.

■ The economic burden of trauma is more than $671 billion annually.

■ Each year, more than 192,000 people lose their lives to trauma.