Trauma Outreach & Injury Prevention Programs
LAC+USC Trauma service has a very active Injury Prevention Program headed by Robert Carreon, RN. Programs are geared towards community needs and the hospital's highest mechanisms of injury as demonstrated by trauma registry data. The Injury Prevention Program at LAC+USC Medical Center is dedicated to preventing injuries and deaths. Some of our programs include:
Falls Prevention: The number of injuries due to falls has dramatically risen, and the number of hospitalizations and ER visits have almost doubled in recent years. In collaboration with our Geriatric Clinic and Discharge waiting unit, our Falls Prevention Program has specifically targeted at-risk populations and educated them on home safety, medication review and safety, proper balance and exercise to further decrease the number of falls.
Safe Kids: Safe Kids is a network of organizations that participates in events with a mission to prevent accidental injuries and deaths of children. LAC+USC is the lead agency for the Los Angeles Coalition and raises awareness of potential accidental injuries and ways to prevent them. Our goals include serving as a local resource for childhood injury prevention and working together with agencies, groups, and individuals to prevent and reduce injuries of children ages 14 and under. Coalition members are health care, law enforcement, fire, and safety technicians who provide their expertise in teaching families in our community. http://www.safekids.org/
Distracted Driving: One of the leading causes of injuries is related to motor vehicles. Distracted driving is the leading cause of death among teen drivers. Our Distracted Driving program, partnered with The California Highway Patrol and Impact Teen Drivers, have educated the teens and their families on how to prevent and avoid injuries and make better life choices and decisions before getting behind the wheel.
Caught in the Crossfire: Our hospital-based violence intervention program is geared towards identifying and mentoring at-risk youths ages 12 to 24 who have been violently injured and admitted to the hospital. We have partnered with Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA) which is an organization that provides services across Southern California for high-risk individuals, families, and communities affected by gangs. Our program provides a diverse array of community services to help high-risk youth become self-directed and become productive members of society. Our highly trained intervention specialist and case managers mentor youth and provide services to families in need. Gang violence has been a big problem in our community, and youth injured are given life changing opportunities to stop the revolving door of violence and help decrease expensive hospital and incarceration costs.
Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD): This program was developed to establish safe areas in the community with a high level of gang crime where youth and their parents can receive unconditional support, services, and counseling. The Mayor of Los Angeles created this program in an attempt to reduce gang violence and diffuse tensions in the community after a violent incident occurs in the community. LAC + USC will provide certain individuals with services needed and also a secure and safe environment for them and their families.