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National Trauma Awareness Month 2015
"3D Trauma Prevention"  


The American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses, is once again pleased to present National Trauma Awareness Month.  This May, National Trauma Awareness Month celebrates its 27th anniversary with the campaign slogan, “3D Trauma Prevention” and focuses on contributors to motor vehicle crashes - Drugs/Drinking, Distraction and Drowsiness. This is an all too familiar list that makes driving in the United States a risky endeavor.  In 2013, the US saw over 32,000 fatalities and over 2.3 million injuries from motor vehicle crashes.  Of those, 31% involved an alcohol-impaired driver and 18% involved a distracted driver.  While these numbers have decreased slightly over the past few years, the promotion of prevention strategies and education around risky behaviors must continue until these statistics are eliminated. 


We hope the campaign and its materials will continue to draw attention to these issues and invoke change by the community.  The ATS has posted this year’s campaign materials electronically for your use, not only for May, but also in the months thereafter.
We also encourage trauma centers to have a “trauma survivors’ day” to reunite patients and families who have been served by the trauma center. Visit the TSN web site for the materials to plan the celebration. Click on “Get Involved”, and then National Trauma Survivors Day.
We urge you to start planning activities and make this year’s celebration the best one yet! 

General Resources Drugs/Drinking

Drugs and Drinking DUI - Facts and Figures

"Accept Responsibility" (Pernod Ricard USA)
"Drive High, Get a DUI" (Colorado Dept. of Transportation)
"Drugged Driving is Impared Driving" (New York State Dept. of Motor Vehicles)
"Drunk Driving PSA" (Pennington County Sheriff)
"Friends are Waiting" (Budweiser)
"Marijuana Impared Driving PSA" (

General Resources on Distraction

Distracted Driving - Sample Presentation

"2015 East Community Outreach on Distraction" (Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma)
"Cars 2 PSA: Only Bad Guys Drive Distracted" (U.S. Department of Transportation)
"Choose Not to Text and Drive, Choose Life"
"Don't Text and Drive" (WJBF News Channel 6)

"Eyes on the Road" (Volkswagen)
"Faces of Distracted Driving.  Get the Message." (U.S. Department of Transportation)

"OMG!" (U.S. Department of Transportation)
"On My Way - Glee" (U.S. Department of Transportation)


General Resources on Drowsiness

"Asleep at the Wheel: Dangers of Drowsy Driving" (UL Workplace Health & Safety)
"Drowsy Driver Campaign" (National Sleep Foundation) 

"Drowsy Driving" (Utah Safety Council)

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