May is Trauma Awareness Month!

May 2016

Every May, the American Trauma Society and Society of Trauma Nurses joins our partner organizations and trauma colleagues to celebrate National Trauma Awareness Month (NTAM). Since being designated by President Ronald Reagan and Congress in 1988, National Trauma Awareness Month has continued to highlight and prevent major causes of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. - distracted driving, sports injuries, water safety, helmet use, red light running and more. The campaign, developed by the ATS and STN and supported by other trauma-based organizations, offers injury prevention and trauma awareness materials for use by healthcare facilities, providers and communities.

This year, in its 28th year, we celebrate NTAM with the campaign slogan, “Safe Steps for Seniors” and focus on senior safety and falls. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls result in more than 2.5 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 734,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

We hope the campaign and its materials will continue to draw attention to these issues and invoke change within your communities. Please join us in supporting this year's campaign, by downloading materials and spreading this important information to your facilities, colleagues, patients and friends.