Injury Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people sustain a significant injury at some time during their lives. Healthy People 2010 indicates that one out of every 17 deaths in the United States results from injury: 63% of these are classified as unintentional and 34% as intentional. Unintentional injuries were the fifth leading cause of death in Chester County. In 2008, unintentional injuries resulted in 157 deaths in Chester County, including motor vehicle accidents. (Pa Vital Statistics)

Deaths attributable to unintentional injuries are of major concern, particularly in the first and last decades of life. Unintentional injuries constitute a leading cause of death, incapacitation, productivity, medical costs, and the inability of individuals at any age to participate in activities of daily living.
Programs Available
Matter of Balance - Managing Concerns About Falls
- Coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls, and protect themselves if they do fall. In addition, participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis. Matter of Balance information

Free Home Safety Surveys - The majority of falls occur in the home. To lessen the possibility of a fall, the injury prevention educator will assess the home and offer suggestions for increased safety. Safety items are provided as needed.

Fall Prevention in the Elderly - Because of the high incidence of falls in the over 65 population, presentations are offered to explain the contributing factors of a fall and what can be done to lessen the possibility. Specific tips are offered for increased safety at home.

Poison Prevention K-2 - Children learn about the importance of asking permission before eating, drinking, or smelling any item and that poisonous items cannot always be identified by appearance. Children participate in a poison identification game.

Dog Bite Prevention K-2 - Children learn to be safe when interacting with dogs. Children participate in an interactive activity in which they safely learn how to interact with an unknown pet.

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