Make Auto Safety a Priority -- This includes having properly attached car seats for children (many states require car seats for passengers 8 years old or younger), regularly maintaining your car, and absolutely no using cell phones while driving.

Keep a Well-Stocked First Aid Kit in your Home and Car -- Not every injury qualifies as a traumatic one, of course, but unchecked bleeding can make a moderate injury much worse. A well-stocked first aid kit will help you address anything from everyday cuts to more severe injuries.

Keep Fire Extinguishers in the House -- There should be one in or near the kitchen and the master bedroom. If you have a multi-story house, there should be one for each floor.

Review Your Fire Escape Plan -- Talk to your family about what to do in case of a fire, and know what escape routes you can take out of your house.

Keep Cell Phone Chargers in Your Car, House and Office -- In case of a serious injury, getting qualified first responders to the scene can literally be the difference between life and death, and a properly-charged cell phone can be a lifeline.

Know Where the Closest Trauma Center is -- Only certain hospitals around the country have the resources to be designated as trauma centers, and patients who suffer catastrophic injuries are typically brought to trauma centers by first responders. Use these resources to locate a trauma center near you.

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.










The Facts About Trauma in the U.S.


Trauma is the #1 cause of death for Americans between 1 and 44 years old
Trauma is the #3 cause of death overall
Each year, trauma accounts for 42 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 $406 billion annually
Each year, more than 180,000 people lose their lives to trauma

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