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Injury Prevention

For Medical Professionals

Injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 - 44. Every year, nearly 150,000 people die from injuries, and almost 30 million people are injured seriously enough to go to the emergency room. In 2007, Massachusetts residents accounted for 2,967 deaths with falls and motor vehicle rashes being among the top three causes for injury death. There were over 775,000 Massachusetts residents treated for non-fatal injuries in a hospital setting in 2007 and the total hospital and emergency department charges for injury-related cases in FY2007 exceeded $2.6 billion.

Trauma centers have an obligation to participate in injury prevention efforts in an attempt to identify community patterns of injury and risk and formulate programs to reduce injury occurrence. The utilization of the trauma registry in addition to our partnership with the Massachusetts Injury Surveillance Program can assist in these efforts by data driven identification of patterns and frequency of injury. 

In 2010, we had 2105 total admissions due to injury.

Mechanism of Injury

  • 32% Falls
  • 28% Intentional Injury
  • 18% MVC
  • 10% Other
  • 7% Pedestrian Struck
  • 5% Motorcycle Crash

The following programs are part of Boston Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Initiatives.


  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Drowsy Driving Campaign
  • Emergency Department Injury Prevention Follow Up
  • Helmet Program
  • Inpatient Consultation
  • Older Adult Driving Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Resident Education
  • Safe Sleep Initiative
  • Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Trauma Patients
  • Sports Concussions
  • Trauma, Stress, and Depression
  • Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Window Falls Prevention


Contact Us

For more information about the Injury Prevention Program, please contact:
Lisa Allee, LICSW at: lisa.allee@bmc.org.

If you are having an emergency, call 911

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Boston, MA 02118

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Fax: 617.414.7759 or 617.414.7757

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