May is National Trauma Awareness Month. Established by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, National Trauma Awareness Month is a time for all of us to appeal to our state and federal lawmakers to support funding for trauma research and provide resources to local trauma centers. It’s also a good time to provide injury prevention messages to the public and to publicize the locations of trauma centers. Below are some suggestions for your own National Trauma Awareness Month campaign.

Write to Congressional Appropriations Committee members to ask for their support of federal spending for trauma research.

House Appropriations Committee
Senate Appropriations Committee

Include recent trauma statistics in patient newsletters and flyers (see tab to left).

Publish safety reminders in local papers (see tab to the left).

Publicize Trauma Center locations and facts (see tabs to the left).

The Facts About Trauma in the U.S.

■ Trauma is the #1 cause of death for Americans between 1 and 44 years old.

■ Trauma is the #3 cause of death overall.

■ Each year, trauma accounts for 41 million
ER visits and 2 million
hospital admissions.

■ Trauma injury accounts for 30% of all life years lost.

■ The economic burden of trauma is more than $406 billion annually.

■ Each year, more than 180,000 people lose their lives to trauma.