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Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center Recognizes May as National Trauma Awareness Month

In recognition of National Trauma Awareness Month in May, Palmetto Health hopes to educate the community on ways to prevent trauma and decrease the devastating impact of traumatic injuries. The 2012 trauma awareness campaign is “Decide to Drive, Arrive Alive,” which focuses on the growing problem of distracted driving. Distracted driving contributes to up to 8,000 crashes every single day, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Distracted driving occurs any time an activity causes you to take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving. Types of driving distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Using a navigation system
  • Reading, including maps
  • Eating and drinking
  • Watching a video

The Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center is the only Level 1 trauma center in the Midlands, treating the area's most critically ill and injured patients. “As a trauma surgeon, I often see patients whose injuries were created in an incident caused by distracted driving,” said Dr. James Morrison, trauma surgeon at Palmetto Health Richland and assistant professor at the Department of Surgery, USC School of Medicine. “Our goal with trauma month is to remind our community that there is something that they can do to prevent many of these injuries. I’d like to ask that you take the responsibility of operating a vehicle seriously and place your attention on this task. This will help prevent injuries for yourself, your family and the entire community.”

Distracted driving is a major threat to our safety as drivers and pedestrians. Remember, trauma caused by distracted driving is preventable. Palmetto Health’s Trauma Center encourages you to take extra caution when driving to keep yourself and your family safe.

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