Today starts Public Health week which this year is emphasizing injury prevention –Did you know the University of Vermont Medical Center is actively involved in Injury Prevention and Care? This week, we will post injury prevention education on falls, burns, car crashes, and other top injuries. Also, this week you can win a Child/Infant Car Seat! Keep reading to find out how.

Injury Prevention at the UVM Medical Center
The UVM Medical Center actively works to educate the community about ways to prevent injury – whether through our SafeKids Vermont childhood injury prevention program to our PHaT (Protect Your Head At All Times) ski helmet education program. Community Health Improvement staff is actively working in community outreach to raise awareness of injury prevention through education.

Trauma Care at the UVM Medical Center
The UVM Medical Center is a Level One Trauma Center. Why is that important in relation to injury prevention? As we all know, injuries can happen no matter how much we do to guard against them.  Having a Level One trauma center in Vermont is critical to managing those injuries.  A trauma center is not a just a building or an emergency department – it is a team of skilled professionals that are available 24 hours a day to provide the highest level of medical care to the patients on a moment’s notice.

Win a child car seat!
Answer some simple questions about the most common injuries we see here at the UVM Medical Center and you could win a child car seat for your family!  We have 3 types of cart seats available based on what suits their age and weight.

To enter: Answer the following questions correctly and you will be entered into a raffle to win the car seat. Just enter your answer in the comments below this blog post. The winner will be picked at random on Friday, April 8th. Check back to find out if you have won! We also post the winner on our Facebook page. If you haven’t “liked” us yet on Facebook, please do!

What would you think our 3 most frequent injuries are? We give you a couple of hints:

  1. Something everyone has done but fortunately we don’t end up in the hospital for it- most often occurs in elderly that are unsteady?
  2. Most of us use ours everyday but don’t end up injured- 2.3 million people are treated every year for injuries sustained while do this- a hint: we have heard a lot in the news about distraction causing this.
  3. Most of these injuries can be prevented but can cause significant disability including disfiguration- give you a hint-people with this injury are hot for prevention information.

Guess these top three injuries and you could win! Good luck and watch this blog and on Facebook for some fantastic injury prevention education.

The Details: The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries on April 8, 2011. The winner will be announced on the UVM Medical Center blog and Facebook page. The winner will have a week to contact the UVM Medical Center to confirm their prize and to make arrangements for prize delivery.

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