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The Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Program at Massachusetts General Hospital applies evidenced-based approaches to prevent injuries to children and adults, and advocates for policies to improve the health and safety of our communities.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center, one of the busiest trauma centers in Massachusetts, treats more than 2,500 adults and children each year. The majority of these patients have suffered critical injuries resulting from serious falls, motor vehicle crashes, bicycle crashes and violent encounters.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries and violence are the number one cause of death for individuals ages 1-44 in the United States, costing more than $406 billion annually in medical care and lost productivity. While some injuries are truly accidents and cannot be prevented, many injuries can be prevented. The CDC reported that seatbelts saved an estimated 255,000 lives between 1975 and 2008.
The Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Program comprises a group of trauma specialists from the Mass General Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Mass General Sports Concussion Clinic who work in partnership with state agencies and other public health groups to reduce injuries among Mass General patients and in the greater community.
We research the impact of state laws designed to reduce injuries, implement evidence-based interventions to reduce injuries following hospitalization by changing risk factors and health behaviors to improve long-term well being. We also partner with the community to share expertise and advocate for policies to prevent injuries.
Our initiatives include:
An important element of our injury prevention work is outreach and partnership with our community. We aim to be responsive to requests to provide expertise from Mass General clinicians and be a member of coalition groups organized to address injury prevention issues.
Our partners include:
Toby Raybould, MSTrauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Program ManagerPhone: 617-724-2397Email us
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