Outreach Programs

In addition to providing world class trauma and burn care to residents of Nevada and portions of surrounding states and an enormous tourist population, the Trauma and Burn Center are active in many injury prevention initiatives.

Pedestrian Safety Task Force
Partnering with Safe Communities, Metro Police Department, School Police, legislators and parents, this important committee was formed in response to the increase in auto-pedestrian crashes in our county. Organizers and volunteers sponsor and attend health fairs, promote the message of pedestrian safety through various press outlets, and take education into schools. The partnership focuses resources to the audiences most affected by pedestrian safety, specifically elementary and middle school age children and those required to walk and use public transportation. This is the first time so many community partners have joined forces to bring the message that everyone has the right to be safe on our roadways!

Safe Kids Clark County
Safe Kids Clark County is one of more than 300 grassroots coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. Safe Kids Clark County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. We know our efforts are needed because as many as 90 percent of accidental injuries can be prevented. (Safe Kids Clark County Website). UMC is proud to partner with our local Safe Kids and participates in many events year round including the annual Walk Your Child to School Day, bicycle safety education, and child restraint education and installation.

Every 15 Minutes
"Every 15 Minutes" is a two day program involving high school juniors and seniors that encourages them to think about personal safety when alcohol is involved, making mature decisions and recognizing that their actions affect others. The program's name was derived from the fact that in the early 1990's, every fifteen minutes, someone in the United States died in an alcohol-related traffic collision. LVMPD partners with the Clark County and Las Vegas Fire Departments, University Medical Center, Clark County Coroner's Office, Mercy Air, Ambulance services, Palm Mortuary and a host of sponsors to create an invaluable message for the youth of Clark County. The result of the 4-5 month planning is the two-day program "Every 15 Minutes". (Metro PD website). The program takes place 4 times a year in various Las Vegas and North Las Vegas High Schools. “Victims” (students with mock injuries) arrive to UMC Trauma by ambulance and helicopter. Parents are summoned to the hospital, and even though they know about the program, it is a very emotional reunion in the trauma bay when everyone realizes what could happen when poor decisions are made. The following day, a UMC physician presents the medical side of trauma and the far reaching effects of seeing young people hurt or killed.

You Drink, You Drive, You Lose
Every December UMC Trauma hosts high school students at the You Drink, You Drive, You Lose event. This interactive program includes Police agencies, area Fire Departments, community programs and family members of victims of impaired and distracted drivers to deliver the message that as drivers, they are responsible for making safe decisions behind the wheel. Event sponsors including Safe Communities, Mercy Air, AMR and MedicWest, Safe Kids, Look Out Kids About, Care Meridian, Monica Mapile Foundation, and New York Pizza participate with educational information and donations to make the event a success. Local dignitaries speak on issues relevant to our community and on developing strong peer leadership skills. Exhibits include an extrication demonstration, a crash simulator, and ambulance and police vehicles. This event is a favorite for UMC employees as well, and is possible only with the help of UMC volunteers

UMC is proud to participate in the Emergency Medical Services for Children state wide program. The Nevada EMSC Program is committed to improving the emergency medical care for children specifically in the rural parts of our state. We are challenged with extremely large geographical distances and many very remote EMS agencies and small hospitals with limited resources. We are attempting to enhance the improve the care of children through integrated training of clinical and pre-hospital personnel while ensuring access to appropriate pediatric equipment. UMC Nurses interested in EMS education visit rural hospitals and EMS agencies to provide hands on pediatric care training. Through this important outreach initiative, rural care givers have learned to make better decisions in the face of pediatric injury and illness.

Emergency Preparedness
UMC is the first and only hospital in Nevada to join the National Disaster Medical System, helping to ensure that the entire United States is prepared to respond medically to mass casualty emergency situations through a coordinated effort of federal and civilian health care facilities.

"It is crucial that while our country remembers the events of ten years ago, that we as a community stand vigilant and prepared for what could happen here at home," said UMC CEO Brian Brannman. "As Nevada’s only Level 1 Adult and Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Center and the only Burn Center in the state , UMC stands ready to handle mass casualty incidents and this partnership will allow the hospital to be a part of a national network for disaster preparedness."

Trauma leadership and staff are very active at the hospital and community levels of emergency preparedness. As one of the first portals of entry for patients in a disaster, planning at the “trauma center doors” level is crucial for the hospital and community.

Taking it to The Streets
EMS personnel are the first critical link in the care of sick and injured patients. In an effort to strengthen mutual understanding of EMS and Hospital personnel roles, UMC Physicians and outreach staff conduct EMS training in the individual agencies and stations. Topics are requested by the EMS agencies based on their specific needs, and CME credits are issued through the Clark County Health District. A “ride a long” program for nurses is also available to give nurses a glimpse of the various challenges that EMS staff encounters on a daily basis.

Southern Nevada Injury Prevention Partnership (SNIPP)
UMC Trauma personnel serve on the Southern Nevada Injury Prevention Partnership (SNIPP) as active members in a coordinated effort to reduce injuries in the county. SNIPP is made up of representatives from established injury prevention groups identified by RTAB members through the RTAB Injury Prevention representative. The RTAB Injury Prevention representative serves as SNIPP chair with the health district Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and EMSTS collaboratively providing partnership facilitation and administrative support. Recent activities of this important committee include tapping into existing safety education programs already in existence and promoting these opportunities to the community, as well as continuing to support new initiatives.

UMC recently joined as a key sponsor of the Child Drowning Prevention Campaign, just one of the injury prevention activities of the SNIPP . This committee organizes events and Public Service Announcements throughout the county, and brings legislative issues regarding pool safety to area policy makers.

Falls are the second leading cause of injury in the Trauma Center’s database, and impact our elderly population most of all. Simple falls can lead to debilitating injuries for the elderly, inhibiting their ability to live independently. In an effort to educate the public in ways to prevent falls, UMC trauma has also partnered with the Nevada Goes Falls Free Program.

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