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"The disease that bullets bring does not yet have a name. It's like an infection, because it affects more than just the flesh it pierces. It infects the entire family, the entire community. Even our country."
Dr. Laurie Punch, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
What is often neglected in stories about shooting victims is the period of time months afterward, when loneliness and isolation set in more dramatically, and when friends and acquaintances often wrongly assume that the patient has returned to a kind of normalcy.
I’m one of those head-in-the-sand people who would rather not know about guns and violence and how terrible bombings and shootings can be.
Too many friends stayed away, as if losing a child to murder might be contagious. Eventually, she worked up the courage to call the Trauma Recovery Center, a pathbreaking program of the University of California, San Francisco that provides kaleidoscopic care for victims of violent crime and their families.
And nearly a quarter experience two or more stressful childhood events, setting them up for worse physical and mental health later in life.
Recently, I suggested to my class that sometimes trauma alone does not a story make. Sometimes the surface content, no matter how well it’s written, is not compelling enough and needs to connect to something more, something deeper. Or to put it another way: Not every troubling or difficult thing you have experienced will be interesting to someone who doesn’t know you.
I think it's easy to assume everyone experiences the world in the same way as you. However, each and every one of us will respond and react to tragedies differently. It seems especially important to remember this for people within the communities the recent violence has impacted.
While more people in the U.S. are getting shot, doctors have gotten better at patching them up.
The Netflix show, more than any other Marvel product, explores the idea that the country’s systems are fundamentally broken.
Parents have no idea how dangerous they are. Here’s what you need to know.
Trauma systems will possess the distinct ability to identify risk factors and related interventions to prevent injuries in a community, and will maximize the integrated delivery of optimal resources for patients who ultimately need acute trauma care.
Race, location, and income level can determine how often children experience violence and crisis.
My hope is that by being honest about my trauma you might deal with and overcome yours faster than I did.
Medical transport by air remains controversial primarily because of its cost and dismal safety record! Do medical helos really make a difference?
Trauma System News provides trauma program and trauma system leaders with information to help them develop effective trauma care systems.
Injury Prevention is an international peer review journal, offers the best in science, policy, and public health practice to reduce the burden of injury in all age groups around the world. The journal publishes original research, opinion, debate and special features on the prevention of unintentional, occupational and intentional (violence-related) injuries. It is the official journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention (ISCAIP) and the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR).
The Injury Prevention Web hosts the Web sites of several agencies and organizations working to prevent injuries. This site contains a weekly literature update of recent journal articles and agency reports, injury data for every U.S. state, more than 1400 links to government and non-profit injury prevention sites worldwide, suggestions of books for your library, and the gateway for information about scheduled NIITS teleconference sessions.
The National Trauma Institute, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization, imagines a world in which a horrific car crash does not result in immediate death or a lifetime of disability, a gunshot wound can be repaired with minimal long-term damage and U.S. soldiers can survive blast injuries and go on to lead healthy and productive lives.
Injuries are responsible for countless lost lives, decreased quality of life, and substantial health care costs. While injuries afflict everyone, people of color and low-income populations are particularly vulnerable.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost 1 million children die of injuries each year.
Up to date info for trauma professionals, everywhere.
The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation's award-winning, evidence-based programs help people learn to reduce their risk for injury.
From executive producer Peter Berg (NBC's "Friday Night Lights") comes "Trauma," the first high-octane medical drama series to live exclusively in the field where the real action is. Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, "Trauma" is an intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco City Hospital is first on the scene, traveling by land, by sea or by air to reach their victims in time.
A national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury.
Our goal is to offer encouragement and resources for families and survivors who have been thrown into the unknown world of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The CDC Injury Center uses social media to provide users with access to credible, science-based injury and violence prevention information when, where, and how you want it.
New research shows that witnessing traumatic events, like domestic violence, shootings, or even fighting, can impact the physical development of a child’s brain — potentially leading to lifelong health and social issues. But you can help reverse the effects. This site will teach you about the science of childhood trauma, and how five everyday gestures can make a world of difference.
Injury and violence protection podcasts from the CDC
ISTSS is an international, interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.
To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to make an impact where the most preventable injuries and deaths occur, in areas such as distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and beyond the workplace, particularly in and near our homes.
Safety+Health magazine, published by the National Safety Council, provides coverage of occupational safety news and analysis of industry trends.
The purpose of SafetyLit is to provide its users with information to allow them to identify and find material (of both good and poor quality) that has been published about injury prevention and safety promotion topics.
SAVIR is a professional organization that provides leadership and fosters excellence in the science of preventing and treating injury and violence.
Violence and Injury Prevention
Since its inception the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma was established to further the study and practice of traumatic surgery in its various departments, in the United States and Canada.
The ATS provides critical information on trauma to its members, to policy makers, and to the public, all while supporting the needs of families.
The ASTSS provides a forum for extending the understanding, prevention and treatment of major stress and trauma within the Australasian region, and for promoting mental health, resilience and post-traumatic growth.
EuroSafe, the European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, is the network of injury prevention champions dedicated to making Europe a safer place.