Injury Prevention Outreach Program

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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.

We publish safety information on the following safety topics and more:

  • ATV Safety
  • Boating Safety
  • Bleeding Emergency First Aid
  • Distracted Driving
  • Drinking and Driving
  • Drowning Prevention
  • Elderly Driving
  • Elderly Fall Prevention
  • Family Road Safety
  • Farm Safety
  • Helmet Use
  • Hunting Safety
  • Motorcycle Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety

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Keep Your Keys

The Keep Your Keys program is a driver-safety course geared toward people 55 and older, caregivers and facilitators, typically health educators, policy or highway patrol departments, nurses, etc. MU Health Care's Injury Prevention and Trauma Services team has received multiple grants from the Missouri Department of Transportation and State Farm to hold free community seminars and facilitator trainings throughout the state, which can be done in-person or virtually.

Topics covered in our seminars and trainings include how to stay medically and physically fit to drive, how to prepare for driving retirement and how to stay safe while on the road. For more information on the program, contact Amy Price at 573-884-6779 or priceam@health.missouri.edu

Upcoming Keep Your Keys community presentations

  • March 23 at 2 p.m.: Joyce Raye Patterson 50+ Activity Center, St. Joseph, MO

Upcoming facilitator presentations

  • March 23 at 1 p.m.: Joyce Raye Patterson 50+ Activity Center, St. Joseph, MO
  • April 20 at 10 a.m.: Perryville Senior Center, Perryville, MO

Keep Your Keys! for the Caregiver

Family members play a key role in noticing changes in driving ability and can do certain things to help their loved ones retire from driving. This role should be approached with care, compassion and proper planning. Our Caregiver Presentation focuses on the steps from beginning the conversation through the implementation of a plan for driving retirement. Tips are provided for observing driving skills, communicating your observations, developing a plan to keep the senior social and active, and evaluating the plan frequently to be sure it is successful. Virtual presentations are held the third Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST.

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Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign launched by the White House in 2015 to teach the public how to deal with bleeding emergencies before professional help arrives. MU Health Care's Injury Prevention and Trauma Services team participates in the program, offering free Stop the Bleed training classes for companies, schools and groups. To schedule a free Stop the Bleed training class, email stopthebleed@health.missouri.edu.

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Is It Worth It?

MU Health Care's Injury Prevention and Trauma Service's team conducts Is It Worth It? programs at alternative schools and addresses topics such as why they should wear seat belts, the dangers of distracted driving and the risks of impaired driving. To learn more about the program, click here.

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.

Jeff Coughenour, MD
Jeff Coughenour, MD

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 573-884-6779 or via email if we can be of further assistance.