Trauma Prevention

UC San Diego Health has helped establish injury and trauma prevention as a serious goal in San Diego County. Injuries from trauma that are the most life-threatening are also the most preventable. 

Our Level 1 Trauma Center is taking action to prevent trauma-related death and injury through:

  • Partnerships with other universities, police departments, and local nonprofits. Taking a proactive, collaborative approach allows us to share and combine expertise and research findings. Through the community, prevention initiatives can be extended to those at highest risk for traumatic injury.
  • Research shows that implementation of best-practice programs can reduce injures and trauma. We apply the knowledge we gain through academic medicine to create highly effective injury prevention strategies. Learn about our research.

Trauma Prevention Videos

Learn valuable tips on how to prevent injuries from trauma on the road or in the community.

Stop the Bleed

Bystanders can help save lives during an emergency by stopping blood loss. Watch a video with UC San Diego Health trauma surgeon Jay Doucet, MD, demonstrating three methods.

Avoid Distractions While Driving

The UC San Diego Trauma Division presents a series of short animated video clips on driving safely. (Length: approx. 8 min.)

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Trauma Prevention Programs

Thanks to collaborative efforts between various organizations and our experts at Trauma Research & Education Foundation and Injury Epidemiology, Prevention & Research Center, we have successfully launched several trauma prevention programs in San Diego.

Drive Attentively San Diego

OMG Anti-Texting While Driving Campaign

Helmets 4 All

Bike to Work Day

Burn Prevention Education

San Diego Science Alliance High Tech Fair

San Diego Report to the Community on Child and Teen Safety

For more information on our prevention programs, email the Trauma and Burn Prevention Coordinator, Jan Ferree, MA:

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