Preventing Injuries Before They Happen

Sanford Health is proud to offer the Trauma Service Injury Prevention Program. We want to work with our communities to provide education and information to stay safe.

We promote and demonstrate safe behaviors in the communities we serve by:

  • Providing injury prevention education and resources to families within the hospital and in the community
  • Educating our community partners and their staff on injury prevention topics
  • Collaborating at local, state and national levels to promote programs and policies that protect children and adults

The success of the Injury Prevention Program at Sanford USD Medical Center depends heavily on collaborative partnerships and stakeholder support throughout South Dakota. These partnerships help our program identify and address the needs of different populations.

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Sanford Health Injury Prevention Programs

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Injury Prevention Resources

Older Adult Fall Prevention


American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Healthychildren.org offers numerous resources for parents on issues affecting children in all stages of development
  • Important rules for use of car safety seats. The site also has frequently asked questions about car safety seats and other transportation safety issues, including air bag safety, a booster seat teaching tool and teen driver safety.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC has a variety of topics on injury and violence prevention. Each fact sheet tells who is at risk for various injuries and how the risk of injury can be reduced.

  • Falls and hip fractures among older adults
  • Injuries among children and adolescents
  • Older adult drivers
  • Water-related injuries
  • Youth violence
  • Concussions

Distracted Driving Information

  • AAA Foundation for Safety
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Division
  • National Safety Council
  • Driving Drowsy Guide

Safe Kids Worldwide

  • Safety tips for parents on children's bike and car safety, fires, burns, pedestrian safety and water safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • Transportation safety tips for parents
  • Understand risky driving

Additional Resources and Information on Injury Prevention

  • American Trauma Society
  • Society of Trauma Nurses
  • CDC resources on injury prevention and control
  • Health Resources and Services Administration—grant opportunities and program development
  • Injury Prevention Web—charts and tables of injury data by region and state
  • SafetyLit—weekly updates on injury prevention research activities
  • World Health Organization—data and information about injuries and injury prevention on an international level