NATIONAL TRAUMA AWARENESS: SAFE STEPS FOR SENIORS
The American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses, is once again pleased to present National Trauma Awareness Month. This May, National Trauma Awareness Month celebrates its 28th anniversary with the campaign slogan, “Safe Steps for Seniors” and focuses on senior safety and falls. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls result in more than 2.5 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 734,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.
We hope the campaign and its materials will continue to draw attention to these issues and invoke change by the community. The ATS has posted this year’s campaign materials electronically for your use, not only for May, but also in the months thereafter.
We also encourage trauma centers to have a “trauma survivors’ day” to reunite patients and families who have been served by the trauma center. Visit the TSN website for the materials to plan the celebration. Click on “Get Involved”, and then National Trauma Survivors Day.
We urge you to start planning activities and make this year’s celebration the best one yet!
NTAM 2016 Partners / Participating Organizations
NTAM 2016 - "Facts and Figures - Senior Falls"
NTAM 2016 - "Home Safety Checklist"
NTAM 2016 - "Medication Safety"
NTAM 2016 - "Take Steps to Prevent Falls" Poster
NTAM 2016 - "Senior Safety in the Home" Poster
SOCIAL MEDIA RESOURCES
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Please visit http://www.amtrauma.org/page/NTAM2016 for more resources and information.