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    Injury Prevention

    Forrest Health wants to help keep you and your family safe and healthy. By being aware of common trauma situations and how you can prepare yourself to avoid them, you will lessen the likelihood of needing trauma care.

    The leading causes of trauma-related emergency visits in our area are:

    1. Falls
    2. Motor-Vehicle Crashes
    3. Assault
    4. ATV Crashes
    5. Burns

    Below are some common injuries and information that will help you decrease your chances of having a traumatic event that results in emergency care. Scroll through the infographics, download the coloring sheets, and watch the video. It could save a life!


    Falls make up 33 percent of the trauma registry visits at Forrest General. Falls are most common in seniors, but they can happen to anyone. Spend time making sure your home and the homes of senior family and friends are fall-proof.

    Seatbelt Safety

    It is very important for vehicle occupants to wear their seatbelts when traveling to avoid traumatic injuries. We want to help keep Mississippi safe by encouraging all drivers and passengers to always buckle up. Here are some facts about seatbelt safety in Mississippi (CDC.gov).

    • 5,135 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in Mississippi from 2009 - 2018.
    • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 1 - 54 in the US.
    • 83% of Mississippi residents claim to wear of seat belt at all times in a vehicle.
    • The death rate for male vehicle occupant deaths is double that of female deaths.

    To learn more about seat belt safety, click here.

    Motor-Vehicle Crashes

    If you look away from the road for five seconds while traveling 55 mph, you will have traveled greater than the length of a football field. That's more than enough time and distance for a serious accident to happen. Many of the motor-vehicle crash cases we see can be prevented by avoiding distracted driving and wearing a seatbelt.

    Distracted Driving

    When driving, it is important to always be focused on the road. Avoid using a cell phone to make texts or calls while driving. Other distractions that increase the risk of a crash include speeding, loud music, too many passengers, and alcohol in the vehicle.

    If you have a teenager, make sure you help them understand the importance of safe driving, as well as the consequences of distracted driving. Here is a driving contract that you can use with your teenager to make sure they understand the importance of driving safely.

    It Only Takes One Second

    Dr. Duncan Donald, Medical Director of Surgical and Trauma Services, sees the impact of distracted driving every day. Learn from Dr. Donald about the different distractions we face in the car and how to avoid accidents caused by distracted driving.

    ATV Crashes

    Riding ATVs or 4-wheelers is a common activity in South Mississippi for all ages, especially in the summer. Even though it's hot outside, it's important to wear all safety equipment, including a helmet, goggles, gloves, pants and boots. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of Traumatic Brain Injury by 60 percent.

    Firework Safety

    Fireworks are quite common for many festive holidays in South Mississippi. If you have children, it is important to always have adult supervision when handling fireworks. Hand-held sparklers are often seen as not very dangerous, but they can cause serious burns. Wearing protective eyewear can also minimize the risk of injury. If an eye injury does occur, DO NOT try to treat it yourself, come see a medical professional.

    Kids Activities

    Looking for a fun way to teach your kids about injury prevention? Download these coloring pages to help teach your children how to avoid injuries.

    Video Resources

    Tune in to hear from our Forrest Health medical experts as they discuss firework safety, fall prevention, and distracted driving.

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions about injury prevention, please contact Melanie Nunnally, program manager, Trauma Services at 601-288-2637.

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