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National Trauma Awareness Month 2016
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"Safe Steps for Seniors"  


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 28th anniversary with the campaign slogan, “Safe Steps for Seniors” and focuses on senior safety and falls. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls result in more than 2.5 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 734,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths.  Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.  However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.    


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.

General Resources 

NTAM 2016 - "Home Safety Checklist"

NTAM 2016 - "Medication Safety"

NTAM 2016 - "Senior Safety in the Home" Poster

Social Media Resources  

Sample Facebook Banner

Sample Twitter Banner


For Providers 

Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in Oder Persons  (American Geriatrics Society)

Fall Risk Checklist (CDC - STEADI)

Integrating Fall Prevention into Practice (CDC - STEADI)

Preventing Falls: A Guide to Implementing Effective Community-Based Fall Prevention Programs (CDC)

Six Steps to Protect Your Older Loved One from a Fall (National Council on Aging)

Talking about Fall Prevention with Your Patients (CDC - STEADI)

Validated Tests to Assess Your Patients' Falls Risk Factors (CDC - STEADI)


For Patients

Aging at Home - A Guide for Home Improvements (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) 

Check for Safety (CDC - STEADI)

Community Fall Prevention Programs (National Council on Aging)

Go4Life - Exercise and Physical Activity Campaign (NIH National Institute on Aging)

Home Safety Tips for Older Adults (HealthinAging)

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall (National Council on Aging)

National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources (Fall Prevention Center for Excellence)

Personal Medication Record (AARP) 

Preventing Falls and Related Fractures (NIH)

Safety for Older Consumers – Home Safety Checklist (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

Six Steps To Prevent a Fall (National Council on Aging)

What You Can Do To Prevent Falls (CDC - STEADI)

"Good News of Fall Prevention" (Seattle Pacific University) 
"Preventing Falls in Older Adults" (American Academy of Family Physicians) 
"Six Steps To Prevent a Fall" (National Council on Aging)

"Take Your Medicines Safely" (NIH Senior Health)



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