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Trauma Educator: Avoid 3-Ds of Trauma

Date:  May 20th, 2015

Contact/Phone:  Mary Muhlbradt
(701) 857-5116
Fax: (701) 857-5683

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(MINOT, ND) - The summer months are traditionally a time to hit the road. They're also the time of year when people are most likely to be injured in a trauma mishap.

Jessica Edgell, RN, lead registrar with Trinity Health's Trauma Services, says research confirms there is a trauma season. "We do see an increase in trauma starting this time of year, especially now that it's getting nice outside," she said. "During the winter months we see a lot of falls. In the summer, more people are out driving and boating, so there are more opportunities for those kinds of accidents to occur."

The American Trauma Society and Society of Trauma Nurses are using National Trauma Awareness Month this May to urge people to use common sense precautions as they head out on the highways. This year's theme is "3D Trauma Prevention," which cautions people to avoid the three big contributors to motor vehicle crashes - Drugs/Drinking, Distraction and Drowsiness.

"The message is simple," Edgell said. "If you've had alcohol or drugs you shouldn't be driving; if you feel tired pull over and rest, and don't let yourself get distracted. It's all about state of mind - if you're thinking about what you need to do today you're not paying attention to the road, or if you're looking at something off in the field, you're paying attention to what's in front of you. The biggest distraction is texting. If you're texting somebody your eyes are off the road for about five seconds, and that's all it takes to cause an accident."

According to the American Trauma Society, the U.S. saw over 32,000 fatalities and over 2.3 million injuries from motor vehicle crashes in 2013. Of those, 31% involved an alcohol-impaired driver and 18% involved a distracted driver. SPACE index.php