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AVH to Host Trauma Prevention Event

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(LANCASTER, CA – May 19, 2015) – Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury deaths in the Antelope Valley, and are higher than for any other community in Los Angeles County. In honor of National Trauma Awareness Month, the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Trauma Injury Prevention Team is hosting “3D Trauma Prevention,” a free event focusing on driving dangers. It will be held Tuesday, May 26, from 4-6 p.m. at the Community Resource Center at 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster.

Named “3D Prevention” for the top three contributing factors to automobile accidents and injuries:

  1. Drugs/drinking
  2. Distraction
  3. Drowsiness

The event will feature safety information, hands-on activities and a driving simulator along with guest speakers from the Jacob Hefter Foundation, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the AVH pharmacy department.

“As a trauma unit we see the devastating effects of car accidents, many of which could’ve been prevented,” said AVH Trauma Program Manager Cynthia Marin, RN, MSN, CCRN. “Through this program we are hoping to educate local residents about the most common contributors to car accidents and, hopefully, save lives.”

For more information or to register for this free event, call 661-949-5677 or send an email to Ollvy.Kaufman@AVHospital.org. The AVH trauma team treats nearly 1,000 patients each year with traumatic and life-threatening injuries. It is the only trauma center within 50 miles.

About Antelope Valley Hospital

Celebrating 60 years of caring for the community, Antelope Valley Hospital is located in the city of Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County. The 420-bed district hospital is a Level II trauma center and provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more. More information is available at www.avhospital.org or by calling 661-949-5000.