Trauma Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that injuries kill more than 180,000 people each year. More people between the ages of 1-44 die from injury, such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, or homicides, than from any other cause, including cancer.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the first 30 years of a person's life. Below are some CHI Health and community resources to prevent auto accidents and injuries caused by them.

"A Matter of Seconds" Prevention Program

The CHI Health Immanuel Rehabilitation Center is proud to offer a community-based head and spinal cord injury prevention program. This program is designed to educate students on the causes and consequences of spinal cord and head injuries and prevention of these injuries.

The program provides focus on wearing seat belts/ helmets, avoiding drugs and alcohol as well as choosing the right group of friends. The program, approximately an hour in length, consists of a healthcare professional briefly discussing these injuries, a 15 minute video and speakers who have actually suffered an injury. The speakers discuss their personal experiences of how their injury occurred, the consequences on their injury and how it has changed their life. For more information or to schedule a program, call or email Jena Munson at (402) 572-2276 or email

Car Seat Safety Checks

94% percent of both Nebraskans and Iowans use child safety seats, but nearly 85% in Nebraska (90% in Iowa) of those seats are installed incorrectly. CHI Health participates in a community program to ensure child safety seats are installed correctly. 

Papillion LaVista Schools - Car Crash Prevention

Papillion LaVista Schools produced an educational video to demonstrate how frightening and chaotic a crash scene can be by staging a mock crash scene. Emergency personnel including fire trucks, rescue squads and life flight responded to the mock crash as if it were a real crash scene. At the conclusion of the mock crash, students assembled in the gym for a program and heard from speakers who talked about the dangers of drinking and/or texting while driving. They watched a powerful video on texting and driving. View the Papillion LaVista Video

Preventing Falls

Falls are the number one reason for trauma admissions. They don't spare the young or the old. On playgrounds, more injuries happen on monkey bars than any other equipment. 20 to 30 percent of people 65 and over who fall suffer lacerations, hip fractures or head trauma.