Trauma Surgery – Adult Injury Prevention and Education


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Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for those ages 1 to 44. As a Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation-designated Adult Trauma Center, Penn State Health has the facilities and personnel to provide expert care to injured adults. However, we are equally committed to the prevention of injuries.

The need for an Injury prevention program is identified using Penn State Health Adult Trauma Program data, as well as local, state and national trends. 


Healthy Steps for Older Adults

The Fall Prevention Initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging developed Healthy Steps, a two-day (four-hour total) fall prevention program designed specifically for adults ages 50 and older. The program’s goals are to:
  • Raise participants’ knowledge and awareness of fall risks
  • Introduce steps they can take to reduce falls and improve their health and well-being.
  • Provide referrals and resources. 


This nationally recognized program is designed for individuals who have little or no medical training. It teaches participants skills that enable them to provide immediate, frontline aid/bleed control until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. STOP the BLEED training is applicable to any mass bleed injury, such as those that could occur while on the farm or roadways, during mass casualty events or during natural disasters. 

CarFit (Ages 50+)

CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association. The goals of this program are to:    

  • Help older drivers improve the “fit” of their vehicles for safety and comfort
  • Promote conversations among older adults and families about driving safety and mobility options that keep people participating in the life of their communities
  • Link adults with relevant, local resources that can help ensure they drive safely longer

CarFit is a 20- to 30-minute intervention that provides an opportunity to open a positive, non-threatening conversation about driver-to-vehicle fit and also provides specific community resources to help older drivers stay healthy and continue to drive for as long as safely possible.

Driver Safety Courses (Ages 55+)

Penn State Health offers Smart Driver courses, sponsored by AARP and taught by our injury prevention educator, in either an eight-hour first-time course or a four-hour refresher course (recommended every three years). Both courses offer an important opportunity to learn how to drive more efficiently and safely, and contain up-to-date information about changes over time in individuals, vehicles and roads. The content of the courses can help boost participants’ safety awareness, refresh and improve driving skills, minimize crash risk, increase confidence, prolong mobility and maintain independence. Some auto insurance providers may offer insurance discounts of up to 5 percent to some participants.