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Injury Prevention

Trauma is a leading cause of death and disability across all ages and it is preventable. Accidental injury is now the third leading cause of death for people age 1-44. Trauma is the leading cause of death in children and is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in elderly adults. As central Iowa's only level 1 trauma center, it is our goal to help support and promote evidence-based programs to help reduce the number of severely injured Iowans. All of the programs listed below are free of charge or for a small fee. 

Fall Prevention:
  • Number one cause of injury in adults over 55
  • 95% of all hip fractures are caused by falls
  • Most common cause of traumatic brain injury
  • Leading cause of injury death for those 85 and older
Contributing Factors:
  • Loss of strength and balance in the legs
  • Poor vision or hearing
  • Home hazards (throw rugs, cords, lack of handrails or lighting)

Certain Medications:

  • Talk with your doctor about medications that put you at risk for falls 

Things You Can Do:

  • Falling is not inevitable due to aging. Almost all your risk factors are preventable with a little bit of help.
  • Talk with your family to help reduce home hazards 
  • Get your eyes and ears checked yearly
  • Sign-up for programs to help reduce fall risk like Tai Chi, Matter of Balance or Stepping On

For more information about upcoming Tai Chi classes or to schedule a falls prevention presentation contact

Resource List:

One Second

Distracted driving, alcohol use and speed are the leading contributors of motor vehicle accidents. The One Second program teaches new drivers about how to reduce the risk of adding to the statistic that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 14-20. Click here to more. 

Stop the Bleed 

The time between injury and emergency personnel arriving is critical. The number one cause of preventable death after injury is bleeding. This course teaches skills on how to turn from a bystander to a first responder. Through the course, you will learn three basic skills that could prove to be lifesaving. The only thing more tragic than a death, is a death that could have been prevented. Click here to learn more.