Trauma Costs $671 Billion Each Year
Did you know that physical trauma is the No. 1 cause of death for ages 1-46?* Or that injuries and violence in the United States costs $671 billion a year in health care and lost productivity (far more than heart disease, diabetes and cancer)?**
Despite an increased awareness of trauma (physical injury inflicted on a person by some external agent) there's still much the community needs to know. That's why it's important we raise awareness about the impact of elderly fall risk, pediatric trauma, sports concussions, motocross safety, injury prevention and more.
If it's an emergency, call 911 or go to the closest emergency department.
Statewide Trauma System
With a goal of reducing injury deaths, improving patient outcomes and reducing medical care costs, the Iowa trauma system was established in 1995, and it was fully implemented statewide in January 2001. The system categorizes and verifies each trauma center, oversees training in advanced trauma life support, defines triage protocol and more. Marshalltown is a Level IV trauma enter.
Stop the Bleed Program
Marshalltown participates in the Stop the Bleed Program, which focuses on how to turn bystanders into first-responders in any event. During mass-casualty incidents, responders may be delayed due to safety concerns, whether hazards or other unforeseen circumstances. The critical time between injury and definitive care is what this course focuses on. Bleeding is the No. 1 cause of preventable death after injury.
The trauma program in Marshalltown takes a proactive role in educating the community about the way UnityPointh Health and trauma situations intersect. For example, we recently joined other first-responders in a mock medical incident to show Marshalltown High School students how we respond to trauma and what careers might be available to them.
On average, 32 people in the U.S. die each day due to drunk-driving crashes. All are preventable. Learn more from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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*Source: National Trauma Institute
**Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention