Trauma Prevention Program (TPP)
Typical Activities for a Trauma Prevention Program:
- Present High School assemblies with video, or power point presentation.
- Provide Key note speaking.
- Engage students in discussions of the risks of poor decision making.
- Discusses with youth the dangers of drunk, drugged or distracted driving with options, stories and video clips.
- Share stories of teenage patients injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions as a result of speeding, distracted or impaired driving.
- Brings a recovered patient to share story with youth.
- Works with the PSO at the school to reinforce messages. Augment programs with a wrecked car on site, seat belt convincer, or drunk driving simulator goggles.
- Works with Science teachers and health classes to incorporate messages into curriculum. Guide student leadership groups in reinforcing the messages throughout the season i.e.: prom promise or homecoming.
Unique Issues for Teens:
- In 2008, about 3,500 teens in the United States aged 15-19 were killed and more than 350,000 were treated in Emergency Departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle collisions.
- Nationally, 25% of drivers age 15-20 who died in MVC had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher.
- Maryland data reveals 592 persons were killed in motor vehicle collisions on Maryland roads, and 48,143 were injured.
- 32% of fatalities were aged 16-24 years.
- The Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland provided care for 8025 patients.
Among teen drivers, those at especially high risk for motor vehicle collisions are:
Males: the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 15-19 was almost two times that of their female counterparts.
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- Teen drivers with teen passengers - the risk increases with the number of teen passengers.
- Newly licensed teens: crash risk is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive.
- Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations.
- Teens are more likely to speed and allow shorter headway (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next).
- Compared with other age groups teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use.
July 22, 2011.
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