Injuries from trauma, including car and motorcycle crashes, assaults, burns, falls, domestic violence and child abuse, are those that are the most life threatening – and the most preventable.
"Trauma must be recognized as a disease process. Trauma has seasonal variations and trends, and characteristic demographic distribution. It is also age dependent. Like heart disease and cancer, trauma has identifiable causes, established means of treatment, and defined means of prevention. But unlike heart disease, trauma is communicable. People injure other people. Attitudes toward risk-taking behavior-such as running red lights or driving while under the influence-can spread throughout a community. Injury is not an accident; it is a predictable and preventable disease."
- Trauma System Agenda for the Future
Trauma occurs every four seconds. Six minutes from now, someone in the United States will die from trauma and another will be permanently disabled. Motor vehicle crashes account for nearly 75 percent of the traumatic injuries in San Diego County, and over half of those who die are not wearing seat belts.
The Trauma Center at UC San Diego Health System is taking action to prevent trauma-related injury and deaths.
And our efforts are paying off. Read more about current trauma prevention programs.
As founding members of the San Diego Trauma System, and Trauma Research & Education Foundation (TREF), UC San Diego Health System’s Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns, was instrumental in establishing injury and trauma prevention as a serious goal in San Diego County.
The expert clinicians, researchers and program developers at UC San Diego’s Trauma Center and our Injury Epidemiology Prevention and Research Center (IEPRC) work with teachers, universities, police departments and local nonprofits to reduce injury and trauma in the community.
We conduct new research, and implement best-practice programs shown to reduce injuries and trauma. The Trauma Center applies knowledge gained through academic medicine to create highly effective injury prevention strategies.
Partnering with other universities, convening experts, and taking a proactive role in community programs allows us to share and combine expertise and research findings. Through this collaborative community, prevention initiatives can be extended to those at highest risk for traumatic injury, and delivered in the communities where people live and work.