Governor Proclaims Colorado Trauma Awareness Month

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Trauma Awareness Month

Governor Bill Ritter has proclaimed May as Colorado Trauma Awareness Month.

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It is time to recognize the contributions of the state's many emergency medical service providers and to elevate public awareness of ways to improve public health by reducing the impact of trauma in Colorado.

"Providing rapid, accessible and appropriate trauma care to the people of this state is a public health priority," said Jim Martin, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which administers the state's Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Program. "The Department of Public Health and Environment continually works to improve Colorado's full range of emergency medical services and to ensure that our high quality of emergency medical services continue to be provided throughout urban, suburban and rural Colorado," he said.

Martin continued, "Throughout May, many of Colorado's local emergency service providers will intensify their efforts to inform their communities about how to handle various emergencies and reduce injuries. About 30,000 Coloradans are admitted to the hospital annually due to injury. It is important to bring attention to Trauma Awareness Month and it is fitting that we show gratitude to the men and women who provide life-saving emergency medical services - not just in the month of May. Many emergency medical service workers are volunteers."

National and state statistics underscore the high profile that preventive public awareness plays in Colorado Trauma Awareness Month, according to Martin. Nearly two-thirds of deaths among Coloradans ages 34 and younger are due to injury, according to the governor's proclamation, and unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for Americans ages 40 and younger. Motor vehicle crashes are the state's leading cause of unintentional deaths. Colorado Trauma Awareness Month coincides with the national recognition that Congress has proclaimed annually since 1988.

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