Trauma Services Community Outreach and Prevention
We Believe in Education and Prevention
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), injury is the leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 1 and 44 years old. Our goal is to prevent as many of these injuries as possible through education and safety. Below is a list of programs with which Lakeland Regional is actively involved.
For more information on any of the following programs, please contact Brittany Taylor, MSN, CCRN, Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 863-687-1100 ext. 2241.
To read more about our Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator Brittany Taylor and how she’s working to “Build a Village to Prevent Trauma and Injury,” click here.
A pediatric pedestrian injury prevention program developed with a grant at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. LRMC has participated since 2007 when the program was expanded throughout the state. WalkSafe’s goal is to reduce injuries and fatalities through an elementary school based prevention program that includes age appropriate classroom curriculum. LRMC hosts an annual awards ceremony and pizza party for the program’s Polk County poster contest winners. The ceremony is well attended by family members and school faculty. Each child’s poster is framed for presentation, and he or she receives a pair of Nike sneakers provided by the WalkSafe program. The WalkSafe program is complimented by National Walk to School Day, SafeKid’s “Walk This Way,” and the “Safe Routes to School” programs.
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Motorcycle Safety and Education
LRMC has partnered with Holmes Regional Trauma Center and the University of Miami to provide motorcycle safety education and training, which is being funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.
- 17.8% of all traffic fatalities are motorcyclists
- Since the repeal of the helmet law in 2000, fatal motorcycle crashes have increased 21%
Coalition on Injury Prevention (CIP) for Polk County
CIP was established in 2002 as a joint effort between LRMC Trauma Services and the Polk County Health Department. LRMC assumed the role of lead agency in 2010. The membership consists of injury prevention professionals from various fields. The coalition’s mission is to provide education and prevention activities through partnerships, communication, support networks and community events.
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LRMC Trauma Services actively participates in the Polk County Council of the Suncoast Coalition of SafeKids. Several injury prevention events are scheduled throughout the year focusing on bike helmet fittings and child passenger safety seat checks. LRMC’s Trauma Data/Outreach Representative is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
Waterproof Florida/Florida Safe Pools
Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4. Waterproof Florida is a water safety campaign developed by the Florida Department of Health and involves three main layers of protection: 1) Supervision, 2) Barriers, and 3) Emergency Preparedness. Major stakeholders in drowning prevention, including Florida Safe Pools, support this campaign. Members of the Polk County Coalition on Injury Prevention participate in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Lakeland’s public pools and distribute pool safety alarms and water safety education materials.
Basic Aid Training (BAT) and First Aid for Children Today (FACT)
American Red Cross programs for children in grades K-5. The sessions include basic aid and injury prevention information.
This program is conducted 2 times/year for high school students interested in healthcare careers. Information is presented regarding the various types of trauma and resulting injuries seen in the Emergency Department.
Heat Stress Presentation
This program was developed for use in the community for companies whose employees are exposed to hot weather and in need of education to prevent heat stress conditions. Topics include heat-related illnesses, how to evaluate associated risks, controlling heat stress, normal cooling mechanisms, prevention, first aid, safety, and awareness. In addition, the OSHA “Quick Card” for Preventing Heat Stress is distributed to each person attending the presentation.
Teen Driver Battle of the Belts
LRMC’s Trauma Outreach Representative participated in pre- and post-education seat belt surveys at area high schools. LRMC hosted an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the program.
Adult Health, Wellness and Injury Prevention
LRMC Trauma Services participates in community-initiated health and wellness fairs, and provides information on home environment safety, medication safety, and falls prevention.
LRMC provides gun safety information and distributes various types of gun locks.
Trauma Awareness Day
Our annual celebration is well attended by trauma survivors and their families, many of whom share uplifting stories of courage and perseverance. The celebration is also attended by the many caregivers who helped make a difference in their lives: Pre-hospital EMS ground and flight crews; Sherriff’s Office deputies; Lakeland Police Department officers and Chief of Police; and all levels of LRMC staff from the ED, TICU, and Trauma Unit, as well as, the Trauma Medical Director, Trauma Program Manager, and trauma and neurosurgeons.
Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council (FIPAC)
Our Trauma Medical Director and Trauma Program Manager are active members of FIPAC. Dr. Olumide Sobowale, Trauma Medical Director, is on the team for Goal 2: Facilitate opportunities for collaborative injury prevention efforts in traffic safety, poisoning, interpersonal violence, suicide, child maltreatment, and other injuries. Janine Curlutu, BSN, RN, Trauma Program Manager is on the team for Goal 3: Falls Prevention.