Classes & Events: Trauma Prevention

Classes & Events

We offer resources and workshops designed for different ages to educate the community about trauma prevention — especially for common causes of injuries, such as fall and motor vehicle crashes.

Stop the Bleed

In an emergency situation, knowing how to control bleeding can save your life or the life of a loved one.

This class meets for 90 minutes to 2 hours and teaches you how to use a tourniquet as well as how to apply pressure until emergency medical professionals get to you.

For more information or to arrange a Stop the Bleed class for an outside organization, please contact Stormont Vail Health’s Injury Prevention Coordinator at (785) 354-5428 or email [email protected].

Fall Prevention

Matter of Balance

Falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization for trauma — as well as trauma-related death — among older adults. If you are 65 or older, have had a fall in the past year, or live alone, this workshop provides information on keeping balance, the causes of falls, and dangers to look out for.

Topics covered include:

  • Simple and fun balance and strength training
  • The role that vision plays in keeping your balance
  • How medications can contribute to falls
  • What to look for in safe footwear
  • How to eliminate fall hazards in your home

We meet for 2 hours every week in small groups for 8 weeks.

Tai Chi

A significant contributor to falls is the fear of falling. With regular practice, Tai Chi not only improves muscle strength and coordination, it also develops a calmness and confidence in the mind. Through movement control, an intentional focus on weight transference and integration of body and mind, regular Tai Chi practice is a cost efficient and effective method to prevent falls as well as reduce the burden of other chronic diseases.

Child Safety

Car Seat Checks

Certified technicians will: inspect the child restrain; confirm that the child restraint is correct for the size, weight, and age of the of the child; provide hands-on instruction on how to install and use the child restraint in the vehicle; offer guidance on how to correctly place a child in the restraint; answer questions caregivers may have.

Parents or caregivers can: provide the age and weight for each child under 8 years old; bring the child to the appointment; provide the vehicle owner’s manual; provide the car seat instruction manual; provide the child restraint instructions; allow at least 20-30 minutes for each seat to be checked.

To make a one-on-one appointment with a specialist email [email protected].

Safe Kids Shawnee County

This program is aimed at preventing unintentional injuries in children from 0 to 19 years of age. The topics include car seat checkups, bicycle safety, poison prevention, and drowning prevention.

For more information, please contact Stormont Vail Health’s Injury Prevention Coordinator at (785) 354 5428 or email [email protected].

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