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Published on August 12, 2015

University Hospital Trauma Team Promotes Safety Awareness at Missouri State Fair

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Health care providers from University Hospital’s Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center will attend this year’s Missouri State Fair to raise awareness of traumatic injury prevention.

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 23, staff from University Hospital will provide fairgoers educational information and tips concerning injury prevention. University Hospital’s booth is located in the MizzouCentral area of the MO-Ag Theatre, near the fair’s Centennial Entrance.

“Traumatic injuries can occur anytime throughout the year,” said Kassie Campbell, RN, injury prevention and trauma outreach coordinator for University Hospital’s trauma center. “However, we see more of these very serious injuries during the summer months than any other time. That makes our presence at this year’s state fair so important.”

Campbell and her team will focus on these injury prevention topics:

  • Distracted and impaired driving, Thursday, Aug. 13
  • Staff for Life Helicopter Service, Friday, Aug. 14
  • Distracted and impaired driving, Saturday, Aug. 15
  • Midwest Trauma Society, Sunday, Aug. 16
  • Midwest Trauma Society, Monday, Aug. 17
  • Midwest Trauma Society, Tuesday, Aug. 18
  • Older drivers and “safety selfies,” Wednesday, Aug. 19
  • Older drivers and “safety selfies,” Thursday, Aug. 20
  • Distracted and impaired driving, Friday, Aug. 21
  • Fall prevention and traumatic brain injuries, Saturday, Aug 22
  • Fall prevention and traumatic brain injuries, Sunday, Aug. 23

“Our trauma team at University Hospital is committed to helping reduce the frequency and burden of unintentional injuries,” said Jeffrey Coughenour, MD, medical director of University Hospital’s trauma center and the Staff for Life Helicopter Service. “Our program is not only committed to the care of nearly 1,200 trauma patients each year, but also community outreach and education to address specific injury concerns and preventive measures.”

University Hospital’s comprehensive trauma program uses a multidisciplinary team approach. Specially trained physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians and social workers collaborate in the provision of high-quality patient care from the time of the injury through the rehabilitation process. As an American College of Surgeons-verified Level I Trauma Center, a tertiary care referral center and a regional resource center, University Hospital’s Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center has the capability of providing total care of every aspect of injury, including prevention.

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