World Trauma Day and Road Safety
Every 17th of October is celebrated as World Trauma Day. It highlights the number of accidents and injuries going up with each passing year. Injuries caused by accidents, disasters and acts of violence are the leading cause of deaths and disability around the world.
A means to prevent and control trauma as much as possible, along with the appropriate care post trauma is the need of the hour. Every year various countries of the world get together to discuss the pros and cons of the available post trauma care and ways to upgrade it. They also discuss means and methods to avoid trauma and prevent the onset of man made disasters.
The World Trauma Congress, is an organisation that strives towards solving issues related to different types of traumas around the world. It aims to familiarize the world with the mass casualty incidents and disasters. The World Trauma Congress is meeting at New Delhi this year From 17th to the 20th of October in order to discuss ideas and experiences from the disasters faced and met by the internationally accepted protocols for handling trauma situations. This meeting will bring about issues relating to trauma surgery, trauma systems, trauma critical care, neuro trauma, disaster and military surgery, orthopaedic surgery, trauma nursing, rehabilitation and issues relating to UN Decade of Action and Road Safety.
Road Safety is a rising issue in India. Every year many people die on the roads and well as due to lack of proper post accident care. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), about 1,37,000 people died in road accidents in India in 2013. It is thus important to manage road traffic in order to ensure less casualties due to road accidents.
Road designing goes a long way in minimizing trauma. Trauma can be prevented by staying alert and being responsible. Keeping the following points in mind will help prevent road mis-happenings and trauma.
- Follow road safety rules and traffic rules.
- Wear a helmet while driving a two-wheeler.
- Don’t talk on mobile while driving.
- Keep a first aid kit in the car.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Learn how to practice first aid in times of emergency.
- Don’t drive in case of traumatic injuries.
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