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Trauma Facts

Definition of Trauma

  • boat wreckAny life-threatening occurrence, either accidental or intentional, that causes injuries.
  • Trauma is the leading cause of death among Americans under 44 years of age,boat wreck surpassing cancer, heart disease, AIDS, and other diseases.
  • The leading causes of trauma are motor vehicle accidents, fails, and assaults. 1 out of every 3 people will be directly or indirectly affected by trauma.
  • A trauma occurs every four seconds.
  • U.S. healthcare institutions handle approximately 3 million trauma cases per year, with 150,000 trauma deaths annually.

Preventing Trauma

An estimated 35% of trauma deaths could have been averted with educational safety and prevention programs and through safe practices, such as always wearing a motorcycle or bicycle helmet, using seat belts, wearing life jackets, installing handrails and smoke detectors, etc.

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