Data being used to prevent head trauma

Head trauma in children is up 50 percent in five years

By Alec Schreck - MMJ/Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - University Health System released its third annual Community Trauma Report Thursday. Its purpose is to highlight areas of concern where trauma trends are concerned.  

"Injuries are the leading cause of death in children and adults," said Dr. Brian Eastridge.

Other panelists included Dr. Lillian Liao, who is the director of the pediatric trauma and burn program at University Hospital.  

Liao said trauma injuries in kids are on the rise, "Over 100 children were injured in 2014.  And that's a number that's up nearly 50 percent compared to five years ago."

Jennifer Northway is the director of adult and pediatric injury prevention at University Health System.  She said the report is useful to help gather data to use as a tool to figure out how to deal with trauma trends. 

Yet Northway also pointed out that data is just one piece of the puzzle.

"The common thread here is that all of these things that have happened, every number that is included in today's report that you have access to is a person.  And a situation that could have been completely prevented."

For more information on the Community Trauma Report click here.

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