Monthly Archives: April 2015

Older Adult and Teen Driving Lecture – Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW

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We kicked off Injury Prevention Month on April 1st with an invited lecture provided to the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Trauma and Critical Care group on Older Adult and Teen Driving by our Injury Prevention Coordinator at Boston Medical Center, Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW.

During her informative presentation, Lisa went over current statistics related to older adult and teen driving and provided information on what can be done to help reduce crashes and ultimately the death rates resulting from these crashes.

Did you know that approximately 15 older adults die, and 500 are injured every day due to motor vehicle crashes here in the United States?  Older adults accounted for 17% of all traffic fatalities in 2012.  Healthcare providers have an ability to help reduce these rates, along with friends and family members of older adult drivers.

Also, did you know that nationally, approximately seven teens between the ages of 16-19 died every day in 2011 due to motor vehicle crashes and teen drivers in that age group are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers over the age of 20? It turns out that speed, alcohol and lack of seat belt use are some of the highest risk factors for teen drivers.

Here at BMC we see victims of motor vehicle crashes day in and day out and the Injury Prevention Team is dedicated to research, advocacy and programming aimed at reducing these alarming statistics.

For more information on Older Adult and Teen driving risks and what you can do please visit the CDC’s website (Older Adult and Teen driving).

Sources:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation (US). Traffic Safety Facts 2008: Older Population. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2009 [cited 2011 Feb 25].

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic Safety Facts: 2012 Occupant Protection. Washington, D.C.: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 2014. Publication no. DOT-HS-811-892. [cited 2014 Sept 8]. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811892.pdf.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Fatality facts: teenagers 2012. Arlington (VA): The Institute; 2012 [cited 2014 Sept 29].  http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/teenagers/fatalityfacts/teenagers

Four Ways to Advocate for Brain Injury Legislation

April is Injury Prevention Month and a great time to think about Brain injury awareness.  In Massachusetts in FY 2013, there were a total of 75, 489 hospital ED visits, observation and inpatient stays for nonfatal traumatic brain injuries and 840 traumatic brain injury related deaths in the year 2012.  According to Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW, Injury Prevention Coordinator in the Section of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery at BMC, “Injury Prevention at BMC partners with the BIA-MA for brain injury awareness as well as legislative advocacy.” I encourage folks to see BIA-MA’s call-to-action to learn ways you can advocate this month”, says Allee.

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) has four ways you can advocate for brain injury legislative support in April.   Please RSVP to advocacy@biama.org on which events you plan on attending so we can plan for your support!

  1. April 7th, 10am – Joint Ways & Means Budget Hearing, Medford City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA
  • Attend the Joint Ways & Means Budget Hearing
  • If you would like, testify (2 minutes) on behalf of the brain injury community
  1. April 9th, 2pm – BIA-MA ABI Education Day, Massachusetts State House, Room 428
  1. April 13th, 10am – Joint Ways & Means Budget Hearing, Massachusetts State House, Gardner Hall
  • Attend the Joint Ways & Means Budget Hearing
  • State Legislators will be present to listen to the community
  • If you would like, testify (2 minutes) on behalf of the brain injury community
  1. Call your State Representative and/or State Senator:

For more details, go to the FY’16 Budget ASK

Courtesy of:

Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts

30 Lyman Street, Suite 10

Westborough, MA  01581

(800) 242-0030   (508) 475-0032