The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has become one of the preeminent care providers and researchers in Los Angeles. It also houses a center that tackles more esoteric topics like medical ethics. One of the core departments at the hospital is its Level I trauma program, which maintains a reputation for delivering an excellent level of care.
The trauma program offers around-the-clock services through an integrated team of physicians, surgeons, medical specialists, and nurses. With many specialists on call and connections to laboratory services, the blood bank, and diagnostic radiology, the trauma center is equipped to stabilize virtually any medical situation before referring a patient to another department. Cedars-Sinai has state-of-the-art equipment to help treat and support even the most critically injured patients. Outside of these services, the trauma department plays a key role in the community by offering various injury-prevention, education, and community outreach programs, including the following:
Fall Prevention Coalition – Los Angeles
In collaboration with other community organizations, Cedars-Sinai works throughout Los Angeles County to reduce fall risk among older individuals. This effort involves education and advocacy, as well as hands-on planning and community action to make spaces safer. The organizations participating in the coalition represent both public and private organizations and include senior service providers, health professionals, and physical activity and balance instructors.
This effort is closely aligned with the annual Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Fall Prevention Awareness Event, which offers balance assessments, medication reviews, blood pressure screenings, and more to the community. Individuals can also attend a variety of applicable educational lectures and a Tai Chi demonstration.
Every 15 Minutes
Cedars-Sinai has partnered with local high schools to create programs that raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving and give teens resources to make good decisions. The Every 15 Minutes program, which involves staging a mock car crash and funeral, was started by police officers to address the teen drunk-driving epidemic in the 1990s. The name comes from the statistic that someone in the United States dies from a drinking-related accident every 15 minutes.
Hospitals Against Violence Empowering Neighborhoods
Because it views violence and injury as a public health problem, Cedars-Sinai has joined Hospitals Against Violence Empowering Neighborhoods (HAVEN), a collaborative effort between community groups and southern California hospitals to eliminate preventable injuries through a range of different programs. The organization began operating in 2010, when officials declared trauma as the top killer of American youth. Originally created by St. Francis Medical Center Trauma Services, the effort now involves trauma centers across the city, including the one at Cedars-Sinai. The organization has had a major impact on preventing traumatic injuries, yet a great deal of work remains to be done.
Cedars-Sinai has also partnered with community organizations to approach this issue from a different angle. The Injury Prevention Alliance of Los Angeles County identifies community-based methods of preventing injury.
This network of organizations works internationally to prevent injuries to children. Cedars-Sinai belongs to the group’s local coalition and plays a key role in raising awareness of injury risks and how to prevent them. Some of the organization’s programs include complimentary child car seat inspections and safety devices, such as helmets, for families who would otherwise struggle to afford them. The larger Safe Kids network conducts research on child safety that is translated into new community programs through organizations like Cedars-Sinai to minimize serious injury among young people. In addition, the organization works diligently in the field of public policy to ensure that laws reflect current safety research.
Injury Prevent ad hoc Committee
This committee exists to identify new opportunities for participating in prevention efforts in the community. As a Level I trauma center, Cedars-Sinai sees many injury trends that need to be stopped before they wreak more havoc in local neighborhoods. The committee allows medical staff, nurses, and other professionals to collaborate on innovative and impactful programs to prevent injury in the community.
A senior care lecture series at Cedars-Sinai introduces members of the community to the key topics for keeping our older citizens happy and healthy. These lectures focus on tips with real-world applications and are open to anyone in the public who has contact with seniors. In addition, Cedars-Sinai regularly organizes community health fairs, which are key opportunities for engaging with the community and disseminating the most recent information about keeping people safe.
Outside of these direct forms of community involvement, Cedars-Sinai strives to connect people to other resources for keeping their loved ones safe. For example, The Injury Prevention Program (TIPP) is an educational program developed for parents to learn how to community the most common injuries up to age 12. TIPP sheets are organized according to age group with important safety guidelines and available online and at Cedars-Sinai. The trauma center also encourages parents to check out the On The Go section of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website healthychildren.org, which contains important information about choosing and using car safety seats.