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The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Commission approved four hospitals as “in the process” trauma centers at the August 20 meeting: Community East, Community North, Community South of Indianapolis and Methodist Northlake of Gary.
Eight Indiana hospitals— St. Elizabeth-East, Lafayette; St. Vincent-Anderson; Good Samaritan, Vincennes; and Community Hospital of Anderson; Community East, Community North and Community South, Indianapolis; and Methodist Hospital—Northlake Campus (Gary)—have become trauma centers for purposes of the Triage and Transport Rule (as “In the Process”). The rule was adopted by the EMS Commission in mid-2012, requiring that seriously injured trauma patients be taken to trauma centers. The rule has three definitions of “trauma centers.” One of those defines “trauma centers” as hospitals “in the process of American College of Surgeons (ACS)-verification.”
The red areas on the map (page 1) are those now within 45 minutes of a trauma center. Roughly 78% of Hoosiers can access a trauma center within 45 minutes and 89% of Indiana interstate miles are now within 45 minutes of a trauma center.
New to the 2014 campaign, the NCOA encourages using #FPAD14 in all falls-related social media posts. The Indiana Falls Prevention Coalition is part of the Falls Free Initiative of NCOA and worked to produce the Governor’s proclamation.
The NCOA has debunked some common myths about falls:
Myth 1: Falling happens to other people, not to me.
Reality: Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.” But the truth is that 1 in 3 older adults—about 12 million—fall every year in the U.S.
Myth 2: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older.
Reality: Falling is not a normal part of aging. Strength and balance exercises, managing your medications, having your vision checked and making your living environment safer may help prevent falls.
Myth 3: If I limit my activity, I won’t fall.
Reality: Some people believe that the best way to prevent falls is to stay at home and limit activity—not true. Performing physical activities will actually help you stay independent, as your strength and range of motion benefit from remaining active. Social activities are also good for your overall health.
Myth 4: As long as I stay at home, I can avoid falling.
Reality: Over half of all falls take place at home. Inspect your home for fall risks. Fix simple but serious hazards such as clutter, throw rugs and poor lighting. Make simple home modifications, such as adding grab bars in the bathroom, a second handrail on stairs and non-slip paint on outdoor steps.
Two sessions will be offered:
For clinicians and non-clinicians who work with children
· 11:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
For physicians, mid-level practitioners and board members
· 3:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
For more information, contact Lisa Hollister, Manager, Trauma Services—Parkview Regional Medical Center, at Lisa.Hollister@parkview.com.
The ISDH Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention is now utilizing social media. Find safety tips and more information on the ISDH’s Facebook Page and Twitter (@StateHealthIN). Look for posts that use the #SafetyIN hashtag for all Facebook and Twitter posts.
The Injury Prevention Advisory Council (IPAC) works to reduce the number and severity of preventable injuries in Indiana through leadership and advocacy. Those working in injury prevention and have an interest in working to create a safe and injury-free Indiana are encouraged to be a part of IPAC. IPAC meets quarterly to network and learn more about injury prevention. Members also receive electronic updates with important injury prevention articles, news and resources.
IPAC’s last meeting of the year will be Thursday, November 20 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. EST. The 2015 meetings will be from 1 p.m.–3 p.m. in Rice Auditorium on the following days:
If you are interested in becoming a member of IPAC or would like more information, contact Jessica Skiba at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 317-233-7716.
All hospitals and private medical practices are mandated by law to report firework injuries and deaths to the ISDH to be published in an annual report. The 2014 Indiana Firework-Related Injury Report will be assembled and published this Fall. The reporting cycle for 2014 lasts from Sept. 13, 2013 through Sept. 12, 2014. Per Indiana Code 35-47-7-7, reports must be completed within five business days after examination of the injury. The 2013 Firework-Related Injury Report can be found at: http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/ISDH_FireworksReport_2013.pdf.
Forms can be found at http://www.state.in.us/isdh/19042.htm#Fireworks.
The law requiring reporting can be found at http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title35/ar47/ch7.html.
Forms can be faxed to: (317) 233-8199, Attn: Injury Prevention Epidemiologist or mailed to:
Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Questions can be directed to 317-233-7716.
National Child Passenger Safety Week 2014 is September 14-20. The goal of the week is to make sure all parents and caregivers are correctly securing all children in appropriate car restraints for the child’s age and size, whether it be rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, booster seats or seat belts. Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 years. According to U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data, nearly 2 children under the age of 13 were killed and 332 injured each day in 2012 while riding in vehicles. More than one third of the children killed in car crashes in 2012 were not in car seats, booster seats or seat belts. National Seat Check Saturday on September 20 caps off the week with car seat check events.
The Automotive Safety Program has a list of Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations, which can be found at: http://www.preventinjury.org/Child-Passenger-Safety/Child-Safety-Seat-Inspection-Stations/List-of-Child-Safety-Seat-Inspection-Stations
A Parent’s Guide to Playing It Safe with Kids and Cars, a product of NHTSA and safercar.gov can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/m8gr4wt. For Indiana-specific NHTSA data, visit: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/18_IN/2012/18_IN_2012.htm.
Submitted by: Annette Seabrook, MPT, FACHE Program Director, Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Franciscan St. Francis Health Chair, Indiana Rehab Task Force of the Indiana Hospital Association
The National Rehabilitation Week is a nationwide celebration to educate people about the benefits of rehabilitation and capabilities of people with disabilities. Each year, thousands of rehabilitation providers and health and human services agencies join together to celebrate the powers of rehabilitation and share the message that through rehab, there is hope, achievement and success. The National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation (NRAF) states that “the week is designed to promote the value of rehabilitation; highlight the capabilities of people with disabilities; to salute the professionals who provide service to people with disabilities; and to renew our nation's commitment to fulfill the unmet needs of people with disabilities."
The theme for the 2014 National Rehabilitation Week is Challenging Disabilities, Changing Lives.
History of National Rehabilitation Week (from http://www.nraf-rehabnet.org/)
Please join us in recognizing and thanking all the rehab providers in Indiana!
The following EMS services have submitted data to the Indiana Trauma Registry for 2014:
The following hospitals have submitted data to the Indiana Trauma Registry for 2014:
The following rehabilitation hospitals have submitted data to the Indiana Trauma Registry for 2014:
Community Health Network
Rehabiltiation Hospital of Fort Wayne
The 2014 Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium: Reversing the Tide of Opioid Abuse will be held on October 16 and 17 at the Westin Hotel, downtown Indianapolis. The first day will include a half-day session followed by a reception featuring special guests. The second day will be a full day program beginning at 8. The agenda can be accessed at: https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/44903757/draftagendarxdrugabusesymposium2014-1.pdf
The symposium will have continuing education credits, including: CME, CLE, CEUs for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Professionals, State Board of Pharmacy credits, and LETBs for Law Enforcement.
To register for the event, visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-prescription-drug-abuse-symposium-tickets-12006548911.
Contact Natalie Robinson at 317-233-6143 or Natalie.email@example.com with any questions.
The ISDH Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention Event Calendar is available at: http://www.in.gov/isdh/26125.htm.
A calendar of educational events from around the state is available at: http://www.in.gov/isdh/25966.htm.
The Indiana Trauma Registry produces regular reports on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. In addition, certain ad hoc reports are produced upon request. These reports are archived on our web page.
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