Injury Prevention

Reduce the risk of preventable injury

Injury prevention goes a long way to decreasing risk and putting your mind at ease.

Trauma physicians, nurses and other staff offer a variety of injury prevention programs designed to keep our community safe.

These programs are available at community events, schools and at our hospitals. With programs aimed at all ages, we focus on helping you create a safe environment, avoid risk factors and make better decisions about safety.

What to expect

Fall Prevention

Falls are a leading cause of injury in Indiana as well as across the country. Falls can occur at any age and are preventable. We focus on programming for two main age groups for fall prevention: young children and older adults. For older adults, we offer programming to build confidence and physical skills necessary to avoid falling. For youth, we focus on programming designed to spot and remedy household safety risks to prevent avoidable injury and educate caretakers about child safety.

Motor Vehicle Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death. There are numerous factors that play a part in these crashes, and we provide programming in-hospital and in the community to help address these. The risk factors for driving that we address range from distracted driving to substance abuse. We also offer programming around child passenger safety ensuring that children are properly secured in vehicles to prevent injury in in the event of a crash.

Violence Prevention

Violence occurs in many forms, but all forms cause injury (emotional or physical) to the victim. We offer programming aimed at training healthcare team members to recognize and address domestic violence in patients as well as peers. We also work with community partners to work towards primary prevention of violence by educating youth about the consequences of violence and how to build resilience.

Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A common injury that has a large impact on quality of life is brain injury. The severity and cause can vary, but we are dedicated to preventing the injury through increasing community resources and knowledge about these injuries. Once a brain injury occurs, we are dedicated to offering the services necessary to aide in the transition back to life after injury.

College Transition

Teens are at high risk for injury, and when compounded by the stresses of the transitions of college – the effects can be devastating. We offer programming to help increase awareness of the psychological and physical risks of this transition and how to make the most of the experience while staying safe.

Injury Prevention Programming Topics

Fall Prevention

Falls are a leading cause of injury in Indiana as well as across the country. Falls can occur at any age and are preventable. We focus on programming for two main age groups for fall prevention: young children and older adults. For older adults, we offer programming to build confidence and physical skills necessary to avoid falling. For youth, we focus on programming designed to spot and remedy household safety risks to prevent avoidable injury and educate caretakers about child safety.

Motor Vehicle Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death. There are numerous factors that play a part in these crashes, and we provide programming in-hospital and in the community to help address these. The risk factors for driving that we address range from distracted driving to substance abuse. We also offer programming around child passenger safety ensuring that children are properly secured in vehicles to prevent injury in in the event of a crash.

Violence Prevention

Violence occurs in many forms, but all forms cause injury (emotional or physical) to the victim. We offer programming aimed at training healthcare team members to recognize and address domestic violence in patients as well as peers. We also work with community partners to work towards primary prevention of violence by educating youth about the consequences of violence and how to build resilience.

Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A common injury that has a large impact on quality of life is brain injury. The severity and cause can vary, but we are dedicated to preventing the injury through increasing community resources and knowledge about these injuries. Once a brain injury occurs, we are dedicated to offering the services necessary to aide in the transition back to life after injury.

College Transition

Teens are at high risk for injury, and when compounded by the stresses of the transitions of college – the effects can be devastating. We offer programming to help increase awareness of the psychological and physical risks of this transition and how to make the most of the experience while staying safe.

Dec 19

Trusting her gut saved her life

“Something so small, yet it saved my life,” shares Ellison Shidler, 19, of Lafayette—referring to her equestrian helmet. According to Horses Only, horseback riding is the leading cause of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. In late November, Shidler almost became another statistic. When she was four, Shidler’s parents took her to the fair where she begged to ride the ponies. She picked the biggest one and her love for riding became her everything. She learned to ride at Wild About Horses Equestrian Center in West Point, Ind. “It became my second home,” she shares. “Pam Bowen (the owner) has been there for me through everything. She even helped me purchase my first and second horses.” A shared understanding In 2012, IU Health Arnett Hospital became a level III trauma center. As part of the accreditation, Teresa Williams, RN, started a trauma outreach program to help decrease the number of TBIs. As a rider herself, she was determined to provide education on the need to wear equestrian helmets when riding. Pam Bowen with Wild About Horses was there to help. Williams made her first equestrian helmet presentation in Williamsport for the 4-H team in 2013. Shidler was in the class. “I remember

Trusting her gut saved her life image.

Patient Stories for Injury Prevention

Dec 19

Trusting her gut saved her life

“Something so small, yet it saved my life,” shares Ellison Shidler, 19, of Lafayette—referring to her equestrian helmet. According to Horses Only, horseback riding is the leading cause of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. In late November, Shidler almost became another statistic. When she was four, Shidler’s parents took her to the fair where she begged to ride the ponies. She picked the biggest one and her love for riding became her everything. She learned to ride at Wild About Horses Equestrian Center in West Point, Ind. “It became my second home,” she shares. “Pam Bowen (the owner) has been there for me through everything. She even helped me purchase my first and second horses.” A shared understanding In 2012, IU Health Arnett Hospital became a level III trauma center. As part of the accreditation, Teresa Williams, RN, started a trauma outreach program to help decrease the number of TBIs. As a rider herself, she was determined to provide education on the need to wear equestrian helmets when riding. Pam Bowen with Wild About Horses was there to help. Williams made her first equestrian helmet presentation in Williamsport for the 4-H team in 2013. Shidler was in the class. “I remember

Trusting her gut saved her life image.