What if we told you trauma injury accounts for 30% of all deaths, whereas cancer accounts for 16% and heart disease is 12% in the U.S. That’s why May is named Trauma Awareness Month to remind all of us that ALL accidents are preventable. BFF partner Orlando Health reports that their Level One Trauma Center treated 405 pedestrian injuries in 2012, a jump of 50 from 2011.
The injuries range from fractures to severe head injuries. When asked, “Who are these people?” The answer is not tourists, but LOCALS. That’s right — less than 18% of these patients are visitors. Help us honor Trauma Awareness Month by giving the Level One Trauma Center staff a break and do our part — yield to pedestrians, wear bright colors at night and always use a crosswalk.