Trauma is preventable and educating children, teenagers and adults about the need for safety is an ongoing concern for the Ryder Trauma Center team. From “buckle up” seat belt campaigns to gun safety sessions, the Trauma Prevention Team takes a proactive approach to preventing trauma and injury. Staff members also are leaders in many community organizations, such as the Miami-Dade County Injury Prevention Coalition and the Florida Injury Prevention and Control Advisory Council.

A playground and bicycle safety video features Traumaroo, a cartoon kangaroo created by the American Trauma Society. Designed for pre-school to third graders, the Traumaroo program is aimed at reducing the playground injuries.

Automobile safety is the focus of E.N.C.A.R.E. (Emergency Nurses Cancel Alcohol Related Episodes), a designated driver education program, and Buckle Bear, a national campaign that encourages students and their parents to fasten their seat belts whenever they get in the car.

Think First Miami is part of a national brain and spinal cord injury prevention program aimed at high school students using “peer messengers,” spinal cord-injured patients who described their lives since their injuries. Think First Miami is presented to approximately 15,000 tenth graders annually, and to several thousand other adults and children at community events.

Since Miami-Dade County has one of the highest number of pedestrians hit by cars in the State of Florida, the WalkSafe program was started to decrease the number of children being hit by cars. The WalkSafe Team is responsible for providing an educational program, conducting behavioral evaluations and recommending engineering modifications and enforcement in order to reduce pediatric pedestrian injuries.

The Adult and Pediatric Gun Violence Research and Advocacy Program (GVRAP) is a group of physicians and medical students that investigates the crossroads of medicine and gun violence to inform treatment, legislation and community action towards effective injury prevention.

Our partners in this project include the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Dade county Public Works Depart, Miami-Dade County School Board Police Department, City of Miami and Metro-Dade Police Departments, the Metropolitan Planning Office, SafeKids and the Injury Free Coalition. As a result of this effort, there has been a decrease in the number of children hit by cars. Every year the WalkSafe program focuses on another high risk district to educate children on safe street crossing behaviors.

Trauma Can Strike Anyone

In today’s dangerous world, an automobile accident, a fire, an on-the-job injury or a criminal assault could leave you moments away from death. Whether or not you survive depends on the experience of the paramedics rushing you to the hospital and the skills of the trauma team treating your injuries. Afterwards, the extent and speed of your recovery largely depend on the nursing care and rehabilitation services you receive.

The Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital is one of the world’s leading facilities and excels in every aspect of trauma care, saving thousands of lives each year. Many South Florida residents owe their lives to this unique community resource.

In that first “golden hour” after an injury, when a trauma victim’s chance of survival is greatest, the experienced trauma specialists at the Ryder Trauma Center use their talents and advanced medical technology to keep patients alive. Torn arteries or veins are stitched up, oxygen is delivered to the body’s vital organs, and a complete assessment is performed to detect any hidden injuries. As a result, the Ryder Trauma Center team achieves excellent outcomes with a mortality rate well below national averages for trauma patients.

Since its founding in 1992, the Ryder Trauma Center has developed a worldwide reputation for clinical excellence. Surgical and medical teams from throughout the United States, as well as from nations like Russia, Japan, England, Italy and France have visited the freestanding hospital center to study how advanced trauma care can be provided in other regions.

The center’s researchers have made significant contributions to all aspects of trauma care in areas such as airbag safety and automobile design. The center’s high volume of cases allows researchers to conduct numerous studies while improving outcomes for all trauma patients. Whenever a life-threatening injury strikes; the Ryder Trauma Center is ready.