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Why Is Injury and Violence Prevention Important?


Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44, and a leading cause of disability for all ages, regardless of sex, race/ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. More than 180,000 people die from injuries each year, and approximately 1 in 10 sustains a nonfatal injury serious enough to be treated in a hospital emergency department.

Beyond their immediate health consequences, injuries and violence have a significant impact on the well-being of Americans by contributing to:

  • Premature death
  • Disability
  • Poor mental health
  • High medical costs
  • Lost productivity

The effects of injuries and violence extend beyond the injured person or victim of violence to family members, friends, coworkers, employers, and communities.

NOTS is happy to welcome Andrea Martemus-Peters to the team. She joined us September 19, 2016 as the new Violence Injury Prevention Coordinator. Her responsibilities include implementing a pilot Violence Interruption Program for patients at The MetroHealth Medical Center. In addition, she will be assisting the Injury Prevention Coordinators at our partnering hospitals to provide injury prevention programs in the surrounding communities that meet the requirements of the American College of Surgeons.

Andrea Martemus-Peters, MSSA, LSW)

Violence/ Injury Prevention Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program


NOTS is grateful for the support of the United Way of Greater Cleveland for providing funding to support a full-time violence interrupter and an alternate from the Cleveland Peacemaker’s Alliance. Jeffrey Crosby and James Davis completed MetroHealth’s hospital employee orientation in November. They are contractors assigned to provide prevention and intervention services to patients who have penetrating wounds. This pilot program is specifically for individuals aged 14-25. Research supports that engaging patients at the bedside is an impactful, teachable moment.

NOTS is grateful for the support of the United Way of Greater Cleveland for providing funding to support a full-time violence interrupter and an alternate from the Cleveland Peacemaker’s Alliance. Jeffrey Crosby and James Davis completed MetroHealth’s hospital employee orientation in November. They are contractors assigned to provide prevention and intervention services to patients who have penetrating wounds. This pilot program is specifically for individuals aged 14-25. Research supports that engaging patients at the bedside is an impactful, teachable moment.

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8th Annual Trauma Symposium

We are having our 8th Annual Trauma Symposium this October. This year we have some brilliant speakers with fantastic topics for physicians, nurses, EMS, legal, and social workers. A sneak peak of these topics are; non-pharmacological ways to treat pain (therapy dogs will be in attendance), non-accidental pediatric trauma (abuse, etc), ethical panel discussion (challenges we all face), and updates from the state trauma committee.

Our NOTS mission is to provide the highest quality of care to patients across our region, and this symposium is great way to get your CME requirements while expanding your knowledge in trauma today. Of note: This year we have extended this symposium to healthcare lawyers and social workers.

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

 

Monday, October 15th from 7:15am to 3:30pm

Tuesday, October 16th from 7:15am to 3:30pm