Trauma Department

Injury Prevention

The Christiana Care Trauma Department stands ready to help people with their injuries, though we would prefer to help prevent injuries so that no one would need our help. That’s why we take an active role in injury prevention in the community.

We regularly talk to groups and provide tips about different ways to prevent injuries.

Preventing falls for seniors

Preventing falls for seniors is a key part of our injury prevention efforts in the community.

Contact Kathy Boyer at kboyer@christianacare.org or 302-733-4250 to request a falls prevention speaker for your group.

The interactive session, “Taking a stand against falls,” is a 30-minute talk for the older adult. The talk helps educate about the risk for falls and the steps for minimizing the risk.

“A Matter of Balance” is an eight-week, 2 hours per session program that that helps seniors learn about specific actions they can take to prevent falls as well as exercises to improve balance. The program is coordinated by the The Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Delaware and classes are held at Christiana Hospital.

Learn more about the 4 proven ways to prevent falls.

  1. Have a medication review: ask your doctor to review your medications for those that increase your risk for falls.
  2. Have a vision exam: have your eyes examined and if possible, corrected.
  3. Stay active: have a regular exercise routine. Exercising regularly is the most important way to prevent falls.
  4. Do a home safety assessment: check your home for falls hazards.

ThinkFirst for Teens (Preventing car crashes)

  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 15-24 and remain one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
  • Teen drivers are three times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal car crash (CDC).
  • 80% of car crashes are preventable.

Preventing car crashes is an important focus of our injury prevention efforts.

Contact Kathy Boyer at kboyer@christianacare.org or 302-733-4250 to request a car crash prevention speaker for your group.

The interactive presentation, “ThinkFirst for Teens,” is a national program designed for middle school to high school students. This talk helps educate about the dangers of driving and ways to prevent car crashes.

Learn more about ways to prevent distracted driving.

  1. Take the pledge: pledge to end distracted driving per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  2. Follow the 10 tips for handling the most common distractions: from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

ThinkFirst for Kids (Preventing injuries in children)

  • Every hour, one child dies from an injury. About 1 in 5 child deaths is due to an injury.
  • Every 4 seconds a child is treated in an emergency department (CDC).

Preventing injuries in children is a key to our injury prevention education.

Contact Kathy Boyer at kboyer@christianacare.org or 302-733-4250 to request a Injury prevention speaker for your group.

The engaging talk, “ThinkFirst for Kids,” is a 45-minute program for children ages kindergarten to 5th grade. The program helps educate about topics such as helmet, bike falls and home safety for for children and their caregivers.

Christiana Care Trauma Department
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1320
Newark DE 19718 directions
302-733-4280