University Health System releases first trauma report

Community Trauma Report aims to reduce serious injuries


SAN ANTONIO – The University Health System is releasing a report that looks at the leading causes of serious injuries among its patients.
University Hospital officials hope the first annual Community Trauma Report will encourage the community to take more caution, not only over the Memorial Day Weekend, but all year long.
In February, a woman was walking her son to his bus stop off Highway 181, when a car went around a school bus there and hit the woman. Police said the driver wasn't paying attention.
"We can only surmise that distracted driving, particularly with the new technology and being able to text," said Dr. Brian Eastridge, University Hospital Trauma Medical Director. "We probably have a substantial number of patients that are injured because they are distracted from their primary task of driving."
Along with the number of accidents caused by distracted driving, the Trauma Report also takes a look at the causes of serious injuries to children.
University Hospital Child Health & Safety Awareness Administrative Director Susan Douglass said part of the problem for children involved in crashes is that almost 100 percent of the time their car seats were not installed properly.
"It's not tight enough, it's in the wrong direction, the harness straps are in the wrong place, the family doesn't know how to use it," said Douglass." So, we spend almost every single day installing car seats and teaching everyone about how to install it."
According to the report, the hospital's trauma team treated more than 3,000 adults and 1,000 children in 2012. That's a 16 percent increase from the year before.
And the leading cause of injury is car crashes.
"Basically, trauma and injury is the leading of cause of death and disability up to the age of mid-40," said Eastridge. "It exceeds heart disease, cancer, all other causes of death and disability, all put together."
You can view the report by clicking here.

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