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Injury Prevention Treatment Information
Injury prevention programs are available at several IU Health hospitals.
- Child Passenger Safety program. Almost 80 percent of children are not properly restrained in car seats. IU Health facilities give away hundreds of car seats every year to families in need to keep children safe while traveling. In addition, they teach parents how to properly install car seats and buckle up their children and perform car seat checks to ensure children are in the right car seat for their age and weight.
- Safe Sitter Courses. Safe sitter courses teach boys and girls ages 11-13 how to properly look after other children. It gives sitters skills such as how to dial 911, perform CPR and basic childcare functions like changing a diaper and holding a baby. The program can be taught over one or two days. It also provides children with injury prevention education and techniques for managing other kids who are misbehaving. The goal of the course is to help children be responsible and make good choices.
- Beth’s Legacy of Hope. This program is designed for healthcare providers to teach them to identify signs of domestic abuse in patients. It also teaches them how to assist victims of domestic abuse in a compassionate, useful way by responding correctly and giving patients resources. By helping these patients get out of abusive situations, healthcare providers can prevent future violence and injuries.
- Fatal Vision. These simulator goggles allow teens and adults to understand how drugs or alcohol affects their perception and abilities. While wearing the goggles, participants are asked to complete simple tasks that they usually would have no problem completing. They experience impairment firsthand so they make good choices about drinking in the future.
- Balance Clinic. The Balance Clinic is an injury prevention program at IU Health Methodist for patients. Using a multidisciplinary approach, physicians and staff from different specialties such as neurology and orthopedics help patients learn how to prevent falls in the future. The Balance Clinic uses advanced robotics to diagnose the causes of falls, such as muscle weakness, poor balance or even poor vision. This program allows patients to receive education that is individualized to their needs.
- College Safety 101. College Safety 101 is aimed at high school seniors who will be attending college in the next year. It is a one-hour presentation that covers topics such as bicycling safely, binge drinking, date rape drugs and staying safe in residence halls. It offers essential education on precautions to take while living away from family on a college campus.
- Virtual Driving Simulator. This simulator lets teens and adults experience how it feels to drive while intoxicated, fatigued or distracted by texting. The simulator aims to encourage drivers to make good choices about driving by showing them the consequences of bad driving decisions.
- Matter of Balance for Falls Prevention. This class is aimed at calming fear about falling and educating people ages 60 and older about preventing falls. It involves eight, two-hour classes that focuses on making changes at home to prevent falls, exercising to increase balance and viewing falls as controllable.
- ThinkFirst. ThinkFirst programs are available for children and teens and can be used in the classroom or in other settings. Students learn how injuries happen and how they can be prevented. Depending on the level of the program, it may explain the anatomy of the brain and spinal cord and how these areas may be permanently damaged through traumatic injury. Many programs also feature a speaker who has suffered from a traumatic injury and how that injury has affected their lives. The goal of the program is to change student thinking about their activities and encourage them to make safe choices.
- Pedestrian Safety. This course teaches children how to properly walk, especially when crossing streets or approaching intersections. It gives them the tools they need to walk safely to and from school and use good judgment. The course aims to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities of children that occur when they are simply walking down the sidewalk or to the car.
- Project Safe Home. This program aims to teach children and parents how to create a safer home environment to prevent falls and other common injuries in the home. The program is available for schools, church groups, community events and other organizations with a focus on children. Through Project Safe Home, we also perform home safety assessments and give families resources they need to make their home comfortable and safe.
If you would like our team to come hold a safety presentation at your school or event or to learn more about our services, please contact the IU Health hospital closest to you.
IU Health Methodist Hospital
Catana Philipps, BSN, RN, CEN
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
IU Health Bloomington Hospital
IU Health Arnett Hospital
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
Injury Prevention Support Services
Find resources and programs for preventing injury at the websites below
A Sampling of Injury Prevention Support Services
Injury Free Coalition for Kids
This page hosts information on various safety topics such as poison prevention, playground safety and water safety for children. They have printable checklists and handouts for injury prevention education.
Indiana Fall Prevention Coalition (INFPC)
INFPC provides education, programs and resources for raising fall awareness and preventing falls.
Injury Prevention at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
Visit this page to find out more about how Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health helps keep children safe.
Injury Prevention at IU Health Methodist Hospital
IU Health Methodist Hospital offers a wide range of programs for teens, adults and senior adults on injury prevention.