May 24, 2013
Hudson, Florida – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was recently recognized by the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners with a resolution recognizing National Trauma Month. The resolution was presented at the historical Dade City Courthouse in Dade City.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Level II Trauma Center was also recognized for its many proactive community outreach programs to reduce the amount of trauma events presented at the center.
- A $500 check was recently presented to the students of River Ridge High School for the “Highest Percent of Increased Safety Belt Use” while driving in the “Battle of the Belts.” Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers. In fact, when it comes to motor vehicle crashes, teens have the highest fatality rate of any age group. They also have the lowest safety belt use rates of all drivers. This rate is even lower when there are multiple teens in the vehicle. The Battle of the Belts program was initiated in an effort to change these statistics and increase safety belt use among teenagers.
- Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has also taken an active role in promoting the theme of this year’s Trauma Awareness Month: If You’re Distracted, We’re Impacted. The American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses, is focusing on distracted driving as a major public safety issue. Driving conditions often demand the driver to react immediately. The principle actions that cause distracted driving and lead to vehicle crashes include:
- Electronic device use (cell phone, GPS, radio)
- The driver’s state of mind
- Conversations with passengers
- Eating or snacking
- Reading or taking notes
- Applying make-up
- In 2011 Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point launched a water safety program in collaboration with waterproofFL. The goal of the campaign was to call awareness to the necessary barriers to save a child’s life in and around the water. Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages one to four. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Emergency Services Department’s literature states, “Drowning can be a silent catastrophe, one that can happen in the few minutes you take to answer a phone or run inside for a towel. You are the first ‘layer of protection’ in helping protect children around swimming pools.”
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is particularly proud to be a leader in reducing the impact on trauma centers with so many effective public safety campaigns.