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Injury Prevention

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in the United States. Working in collaboration with schools, community groups and other health providers, staff members in MU Health Care’s injury prevention outreach program provide patients, clients and community members with proactive trauma prevention and education programs.

As the only Level I trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons in mid-Missouri, University Hospital’s Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center is not only committed to the treatment of nearly 1,200 trauma patients each year, but employees also participate in many community events throughout mid-Missouri to address specific injury concerns and preventive measures.

Learn more about these safety topics:

Letter from the Trauma Medical Director

The Injury Prevention Program at the University of Missouri is committed to helping reduce the frequency and burden of unintentional injury. Our program promotes prevention through education, advocacy and evidence-based research. Initiatives focus on a range of traumatic injury, including elder mobility, burn prevention, fall prevention and seasonal injuries.

While prevention will remain an important aspect of our work, our team at the Frank L. Mitchell, Jr., MD Trauma Center is ready to serve patients and families in that unexpected time of need. We are proud to be the only American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level 1 Trauma Center in central Missouri. We hope you find this safety and prevention material helpful. Please do not hesitate to call the injury prevention outreach program at 573-884-6381 if we can be of further assistance.


Jeff Coughenour

Jeffery Coughenour, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, Frank L. Mitchell, Jr., MD Trauma Center


Injury Prevention

For more information, please call MU Health Care’s injury prevention outreach program at 573-884-6381.

Nurses After Hours Contact

Nurses are available for after-hours health questions by calling Health Connect at 573-884-2401.

Why are trauma centers important?

Jacob Quick, MD, an acute care surgeon at University Hospital’s trauma center, defines and discusses trauma centers on Missouri Medical Focus. Click here to listen.

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