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    Injury Prevention

    We want 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

    Avoiding Preventable Injuries

    Many trauma injuries can be avoided or preventative action can be taken ahead of time to lessen the severity of the impact.


    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 is fall-proof.

    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.

    If you have a teenager, make sure you help them understand the importance of safe driving, as well as the consequences of distracted driving.

    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.

    The Pine Belt's Highest Level of Trauma Care

    We're a Level II Trauma Center—the highest level of trauma care available in South Mississippi. What does that mean for you?

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