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    Trauma Prevention and Outreach

    As one of three trauma centers in Alameda County, Eden Medical Center treats patients with injuries due primarily from motor vehicle crashes, fall and violence. With this standing in the community, we feel it is our responsibility to reach out, educate and do all we can to prevent traumatic injuries and death.

    Working closely with many local agencies, including emergency responders, schools, law enforcement and many coalitions, enables us to be aware of the issues affecting our community and ensure our efforts are far outreaching.

    Recent injury prevention efforts include:
    1. Every 15 Minutes - drunk driving prevention program for teens
    2. Fall Prevention - annual Fall Prevention Fair and brochure
    3. Child Passenger Safety - car seat inspections
    4. Youth Violence Prevention - Caught in the Crossfire program
    5. Concussion Management - Impact concussion baseline testing

    Safety Tips

    Motor Vehicle Safety

    • Always wear your seatbelt when riding in or operating a motor vehicle and make sure all passengers are buckled up
    • Never operate a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol or taking narcotics
    • Before drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group
    • Avoid distractions in your car such as texting, eating or talking on the phone
    • Ensure every child in your vehicle is properly restrained in a child passenger safety seat appropriate for his/her weight and height

    Falls

    • Have your medications reviewed by a physician or pharmacist to help reduce the chance of adverse reactions that may affect balance
    • Have your vision checked annually
    • Have your balance assessed by a physical therapist
    • Have grab bars installed next to the toilet and tub
    • Use handrails when going up or down stairs
    • Exercise regularly if approved by your physician to improve balance and strength

    Home

    • Learn CPR and get recertified every two years
    • Install and maintain smoke alarms in your home
    • Supervise young children at all times around bath tubs, swimming pools and all bodies of water
    • Dispose of expired and unused prescription medications. Eden has a free medication disposal bin just inside the emergency entrance

    Car Seat Guidelines

    Rear Facing Car Seat Babies under two use rear-facing car seats
    Forward-Facing Car Seat Toddlers and big kids use forward-facing car seats if they are over two years of age and have outgrown the weight and height limits for their rear-facing seat
    Booster Seat Older, bigger kids use booster seats if they are under 4 feet, 9 inches tall and have outgrown the weight and height limit of their forward-facing seat
    Seat Belts Kids are ready for seat belts if they are over 4 feet, 9 inches tall and have outgrown their booster seat.

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