Newsletter | May 2020 | Vol 1 Issue 2
Trauma Awareness Month
The Injury Prevention Newsletter is created by Injury Prevention Coordinators from across the state of North Carolina to bring resources to North Carolinians about injury prevention. The quarterly interactive newsletter will cover many injury prevention topics. Our second edition is focused on Trauma Awareness Month. Click the links for information on distracted driving, pedestrian and bike safety, heat in cars, water safety, storing medications, and Stop The Bleed. Also learn about Trauma Survivors! 
Statewide Distracted Driving Campaign through NC Vision Zero. Click image for more info.
Example of a Regional Distracted Driving Campaign through Mission Health. Click image for more info.
Distracted Driving
All road users share the responsibility of keeping North Carolina streets safe. Together, we can save lives by making safe, responsible decisions on the roadway.
Be an example. Set an expectation of safety with every choice made on the road.
Be an advocate …in any vehicle you occupy.Passengers accounted for nearly 1/3 of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2013 (IIHS). It is your right as a passenger to speak up if you feel unsafe.In any vehicle that you occupy, you have the power to prevent a crash. If you feel unsafe, speak up!
NC Vision Zero Data Analytics : Enter your county to see what kind of crashes are happening in your area.
Heatstroke in Hot Cars
Last year, 52 children lost their lives due to heatstroke in hot cars. More than half of fatalities involve children who were forgotten in the vehicle and 25% involved children gaining access on their own. In almost 20% of fatalities, the children were intentionally left in the vehicle. (

In just 20 minutes a car's interior can increase 29 degrees F. There are several strategies we can use to prevent these tragedies:
  • Lock our doors to prevent children from accessing vehicles
  • Stay alert in parking lots for children alone in cars and take action if needed
  • Place a reminder like a stuffed animal in the front seat or place a purse or cell phone in the back seat to be prompted to open the back door
  • Get in the habit of always looking in the backseat before locking the door

For more tips to prevent heatstroke in hot cars as well as an article on the science behind how a parent could forget a child, go to Heatstroke Prevention. Additionally, the National Safety Council provides an online course titled Children in Hot Cars which not only reviews data and prevention tips but provides real life accounts from parents who forgot their child.
May is Bike Safety Month
Bike Safety Tips
Bicycle Helmet Fitting
NC Bike Safety Month Multimedia Resources

Podcast - Wear Your Helmet!: Biking Safely During Social Distracting - This issue of Trauma Talk is brought to you by Lindsay Bailey, the Injury Prevention Coordinator at UNC Trauma Center, a Level I Trauma Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Lindsay interviews her counterpart, Luly Beckles - Pediatric Injury Prevention Coordinator at Wake Forest Baptist Health, a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Winston-Salem, NC about bicycle safety.

Bike Month & Mental Health

This National Bike Month will necessarily be different. With a focus on well-being and connection, the League of American Bicyclists is highlighting how #BikesUnite and benefits physical and mental health. Whether you’re riding for fun, fitness or with family, or taking essential trips to work or shop, you are part of our movement for safer streets, connected communities, a healthier planet, and happier people.
Water Safety

As summer approaches, everyone is excited to get out in the water. Whether it be a pool, lake or beach it is vital for both kids and adults to follow safety guidelines for swimming.

Army Corps of Engineers
Reach, Throw, Don't Go!
Distracted Pedestrians
Who knew that walking could be so dangerous? More than half (52%) of distracted walking incidents involving cell phones happen at home. Clearly, most Americans cannot walk and talk at the same time. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were struck and killed by motor vehicles in 2017. Walking distractions are common and can take place in and outdoors.

  • Walk on sidewalks; if no sides available, walk facing traffic
  • Avoid wearing dark clothes
  • Stay alert: avoid using cell phones, ear buds, and head phones
  • Cross streets at cross walks
  • Children younger than 10 should not cross streets without adults
May 21: National Stop the Bleed Day
Stop the Bleed was started because the #1 cause of death from trauma injury is bleeding out. Controlling bleeding can save lives, and ANYONE can STOP THE BLEED!
There are 5 steps:
  • Ensure your own safety
  • Alert 9-1-1
  • Find the source of the bleeding
  • Compress to stop the bleed with
  • Direct pressure on the wound
  • Packing the wound or
  • Applying a tourniquet-tourniquets go on arms & legs only- never on neck, head, or chest!
  • Reassure the patient while waiting for the ambulance
Medication Safety

Be Prepared
Put the poison help number, 1-800-222-1222, on or near every home telephone and save it on your cell phone. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Be Smart About Storage
  • Store all medicines and household products up and away and out of sight. 
  • Do not put your next dose on the counter or table where children can reach them. Never leave medication unattended 
  • Secure the child safety cap completely every time you use a medicine.
  • Be aware of any legal or illegal drugs that guests may bring into your home. Ask guests to store drugs where children cannot find them. Children can easily get into pillboxes, purses, backpacks, or coat pockets.
Nurse Appreciation Week:
May 6 - May 12

While Nurse Appreciation Week may have been earlier this month, it's never too late to thank a nurse!! Acknowledge the compassion, care, knowledge, and optimism nurses provide!

Recognize a nurse in your life: write them a note, buy them a coffee, bake cookies, allow them some “me time,” give them a mani-paint their nails, simply say “thank you!”

Trauma Survivors Spotlight
May 20 th is National Trauma Survivors Day. Every year the Trauma Survivors Network (TSN), in conjunction with the American Trauma Society, celebrates trauma survivors, their family members and friends. TSN’s goal is to provide support and networking for trauma patients during recovery and beyond. This year’s focus is on trauma survivors reaching and embracing their “new normal”.
Adjustments take place in every aspect of a trauma survivor’s life. Major changes must be made physically, mentally and emotionally. Positivity and embracing a “new normal” is often the single most important step in recovering from a traumatic injury. Click the image for an inspirational story of how one trauma survivor did just that. Pat is a North Carolinian treated at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Spanish Resources

Summer Safety Tips

Safe Kids Orange & Safe Kids Chatham have come together to share 12 summer safety tips. Check out the video below to learn more about a variety of summer safety issues, including swimming, hot cars, bike safety, and sport safety.
The Injury Prevention Across North Carolina Newsletter is brought to you by:
Tracie Campbell, MS, CHES
Injury & Violence Prevention Program Coordinator

Hayluri (Luly) Beckles MS, CPS-T
Pediatric Injury Prevention Coordinator

Tricia Smar, MSW, CHES
Injury Prevention Coordinator

Kelly Moriarty, RN
Trauma and Injury Prevention Coordinator
704-258-3287 (cell) 704-384-9761 (office)   

Lindsay Bailey, MPH
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Jessica Crawford, RN
Trauma Prevention Specialist

Leigha Jordan, M.S.
Injury Prevention Coordinator

Tracey Gates, RN, CEN, CPEN
Outreach and Injury Prevention Coordinator
828-712-7014 (cell) 828-213-9459 (office)

Meredith Spell, RN, BSN
Injury & Violence Prevention Coordinator
910-524-0690 (cell) 910-667-7902 (office)

Christina Carmichael
Injury Prevention Representative