Is trauma a disease?

The word “accident” will not be used in this text because of the preventable nature of trauma and the need for professionals to address trauma as a preventable disease, not happenstance, acts of god, and so on (Sisley 2007).

Injury prevention activities by healthcare staff are hindered by time, education, and resources (Wilding et al. 2008), although hospital providers have the prime opportunity for these efforts. Every patient presents an injury prevention teaching opportunity.

Natural disasters are some of the few “accidental” situations. Trauma is referred to as intentional versus unintentional in order to address the more appropriate nature of the event. For example, drunk driving is preventable, yet the injuries are usually unintentional.

C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, made a profound statement regarding trauma: “If a disease were killing our children in the proportions that injuries are, people would be outraged and demand that this killer be stopped.”

Source: http://www.state.in.us/isdh/files/Mechanisms of injury.pdf

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