Injury prevention education is an important part of trauma care at Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City. Injury prevention education works to prevent or lessen the likelihood of severe injury by encouraging safe practices and the use of protective devices such as seat belts and helmets.
Traumaroo is Mercy Trauma Center's injury prevention mascot. "Troo" is a kangaroo that makes visits to preschools throughout the Siouxland area. Troo talks to children about the importance of safety belts, bicycle helmets and other safety gear.
Safe and Sound is part of the Pediatric Orientation Program (POPS) that started at Mercy in 1991. POPS familiarizes children with what takes place at hospitals, helps them feel comfortable in a hospital setting and educates them about safety. Safe and Sound is available to any school in the Siouxland area that requests the program for its first grade students. Safe and Sound focuses on car, bike and water safety and includes:
- a tour of the Mercy Emergency Department and an instructional program from the Mercy Trauma Center staff.
- a hands-on experience in an ambulance and a presentation by paramedics.
- a video
- a special hands-on activity session in which students learn about medical equipment.
For more information about injury prevention programs, contact Monica Arens, RN, BSN, at 279-2992 or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.