For Patients & Caregivers
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. The Sections of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care are committed to providing the necessary resources to care for and protect out patients.
Injury Prevention Programs
- Child Passenger Safety
- Violence Prevention and Intervention
- Helmet Program
- Window Falls Prevention
- Child Protection Team
- Sports Concussions
- Domestic Violence Program
One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Massachusetts state law requires that all children under age 8 and less than 57 inches tall be properly fastened and secured in a federally approved car seat or booster seat. Boston Medical Center recognizes and uses the CDC’s Child Passenger Safety recommendations. Boston Medical Center requires all newborns leaving the hospital have an appropriate car seat prior to discharge home.
The Division of Trauma partners with the Public Safety Office to provide patients with:
- CPS Inspection Station – open events are held throughout the good weather months. At any time, an appointment can be scheduled through the Injury Prevention Coordinator.
- Assistance with newborn car seat fit and installation upon discharge – to be arranged through Injury Prevention Coordinator – please request 48 hours prior to discharge.
- Car Seat Installations – for patients, families, staff and community members by appointment through the Injury Prevention Coordinator.
- Education for Families -We have developed informational brochures which Parents are provided on car seat safety and where to obtain a car seat at their 28 week appointment in the Women’s Center.
For more information in child passenger safety, please click here.
For more information about this program, or to schedule a car seat installation, please contact Lisa Allee, LICSW at: 617.414.8007.
In Massachusetts, homicide is the second leading cause of death of young people aged 15 to 24. Started in 2006, the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program at Boston Medical Center works to connect our victims of violence with resources in the community through intensive case management by our Violence Intervention Advocates in addition to connections with other community agencies. We hope through these resources and education our young people will be better able to make good choices in preventing/avoiding further high risk situations.
For more information about this program, please contact: Elizabeth Dugan, LCSW at 617.414.4926.
Boston Medical Center works in collaboration with the Boston Public Health Commission and the Play Safe Campaign to provide low cost helmets to the people of Boston. This program in open to the public in addition to patients at Boston Medical Center. We encourage everyone to measure head circumference prior to purchasing their helmets to ensure the proper fit. Helmets can be purchased at the Boston Medical Center Gift Shop in the Menino Lobby for $5.00. The gift shop hours are Monday - Friday 6:30 am - 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 5 pm.
For more information about this program, please contact Lisa Allee, LICSW at: 617.414.8007.
As a member of Safe Kids Boston, the Injury Prevention Program works collaboratively with the Boston Public Health Commission’s “Kids Can’t Fly” campaign. Education surrounding window safety and assistance with scheduling home inspections is available through the Injury Prevention Program at Boston Medical Center.
For more information on this program please contact Erin Christiansen (Boston Public Health Commission) at: 617.534.2633.
The Injury Prevention program works closely with the Child Protection Team at Boston Medical Center. The Child Protection Team (CPT), part of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, addresses issues of child abuse and maltreatment including identification, prevention, safety and protection.
For more information about this program, please contact Stephanie Richardson, LICSW at: 617.414.3663.
The topic of sports concussions is becoming increasingly prevalent in the news. Boston Medical Center is committed to education patients about the risks involved and helping them cope with injuries. Did you know that high school athletes’ recovery times for a sports concussion are longer than college athletes’ recovery times? High school athletes who sustain a concussion are three times more likely to sustain a second concussion. Lack of proper diagnosis and management of concussion may result in serious long-term consequences, or risk of coma or death. The Injury Prevention Program has joined the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Heads Up” campaign, has partnered with Family and Sports Medicine Departments at Boston Medical Center, and works with the Boston Public Schools Outreach Program in Sports Medicine.
For more information, please contact Lisa Allee, LICSW at: 617.414.8007.
Domestic Violence is growing in its understanding and recognition of how significant the problem is within all communities, among all races, genders, sexual orientation and backgrounds. Although it is highly under reported and the actual prevalence is difficult to measure, we see the effects daily in our Emergency Department.
Boston Medical Center's Domestic Violence Program works to improve and coordinate the institution's response to domestic violence, both as a health care provider and as an employer, through:
- Training, education, and awareness initiatives
- Policy and protocol development
- Consultation and technical assistance
- Direct advocacy/support for survivors of abuse and violence
- Connection to community resources
Our advocacy services are free, voluntary, confidential, and open to any member of the Boston Medical Center community (patients, staff, students and faculty) who has been hurt by an intimate partner. Anyone who is looking for help for themselves or someone else can call for more information and for referrals to other community resources.
For more information, please contact Joanne Timmons, Domestic Violence Program Coordinator at: 617.414.7734.