Maryland’s Trauma System Holds Distracted Driving Prevention & Awareness Events Across the State
In recognition of April’s National Distracted Driving Prevention Awareness Month, the Maryland Trauma Quality Improvement Committee (TQIC), made up of representatives from the Maryland Trauma Centers, held a Distracted Driving Prevention Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at hospitals, malls, and trauma centers across the state.
Distracted driving continues to be a dangerous, escalating problem on Maryland’s roadways. Our Maryland trauma centers see the tragic results that occur when individuals drive while distracted. Some of the events held included distracted driving simulators, give-a-ways, and pledge campaigns to not drive distracted.
Events were held by all of the state’s nine adult trauma centers and two pediatric trauma centers (one of which is in Washington, DC, but services many Maryland patients) to bring statewide awareness to distracted driving and how it can be prevented. Participating in the campaign were: The Johns Hopkins Hospital Adult Trauma Center, The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Trauma Center, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Suburban Hospital Trauma Center – Johns Hopkins Medicine, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Prince George’s Hospital Center, Sinai Hospital, Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Meritus Medical Center, Children’s National Health System, and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
The events highlighted the need for drivers to be more aware of what can happen when they drive distracted. The day of awareness was sponsored by TraumaNet, Maryland’s network of trauma and specialty referral centers, and MIEMSS. Maryland’s Trauma and EMS system—made up of trained EMS providers, communications between field and hospital personnel, and rapid delivery of patients to appropriate trauma centers—work in concert on a daily basis to provide the best assessment, transportation, and treatment of these patients who are the victims of distracted drivers.