One of the most important roles of a trauma center in the trauma system is to promote injury prevention activities in hopes of reducing the incidence and severity of traumatic injuries. Effective injury prevention begins with a focus on the most common causes of injury in the community. NGMC’s three leading causes of traumatic injury are falls, motor vehicle crashes, and motorcycle crashes.
Injury Prevention Information
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of traumatic injury at Northeast Georgia Medical Center?
Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.
Falls Are Serious and Costly
- 1 out of 5 falls can cause a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Additional Resources about Fall Prevention:
Did you know 76% fatalities in crashes are caused by unsafe driving behaviors, including distractions, impairment or driving too fast for conditions. This includes all angle, rear end collisions, head-on along with failure to stop collisions.
- 1,57 peopled died on Georgia’s roads in 2019
- 60% of victims were not wearing a seatbelt
- 16% of fatalities were pedestrians
Please click here to learn more
Motorcycle riders continue to be overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes. In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists died. To keep everyone safe, we urge drivers and motorcyclists to share the road and be alert, and we’re reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober.
Firearm-related injuries are among the 5 leading causes of death for people ages 1-64 in the United States.
There are many types of firearm injuries, which can be fatal or nonfatal. Click here to learn more about these injuries and how to prevent them.
- American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma
- Shepherd Center
- Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) website for injury prevention
- Brain Injury Association of America