Injury Prevention Programs

Injuries from trauma can lead to disability or death and can affect us all. However, a few safety precautions can help prevent or avoid many injuries.

The Trauma Prevention and Outreach Program at UC San Diego Health is committed to preventing and reducing injuries through education, outreach and the strength of community partnerships. We want to share the best ideas in injury prevention with the San Diego community through our community collaborations and successful trauma prevention programs.

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We offer and support expert-led programs that prevent injuries through collaborative efforts between various organizations in San Diego County and UC San Diego experts at the Trauma Research & Education Foundation and Injury Epidemiology, Prevention & Research Center. In addition, UC San Diego's Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program conducts research on driver and pedestrian safety.

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Fall Prevention

Falls are one of the leading causes of hospitalization...

...especially among seniors, and can lead to health complications. In San Diego County, one in four older adults (ages 65+) fall each year. UC San Diego Health supports the San Diego County Fall Prevention Task Force in educating older adults on preventing falls and staying active and independent.

Reduce the Risk of Falls


Driver Safety

Traffic collisions account for the majority of deaths and injuries across all age groups, and 95% of these are preventable. That's why UC San Diego Health is aiding community efforts to reverse this trend in two ways.

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Pedestrian Safety

UC San Diego Health is working with the City of San Diego's Vision Zero pedestrian safety committee, providing data to support changes to make streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorized vehicles. Here are some tips for pedestrians:

  • Cross in marked crosswalks and follow pedestrian signals.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to be sure they see you.
  • Put the phone down — don't be distracted.
  • Be seen — wear reflective clothing when walking at night.

Gun Safety

Many gun deaths and injuries can be prevented. Here are some tips:

Burn Prevention

Each year, approximately 4,500 people die from a burn-related injury. The collaborative efforts of the UC San Diego Health Regional Burn Center, the Burn Institute and San Diego County provide burn prevention education and burn survivor events.

Effective Strategies for Trauma Prevention

We can work together through education, research and community outreach to improve and coordinate injury prevention efforts to prevent them from happening in the first place. Our Level 1 Trauma Center provides outstanding and effective patient care, but we envision prevention as the cure for traumatic injury and death. We're taking action with these evidence-based strategies:

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