Preventing Serious Injuries 
SLU Hospital is dedicated to preventing serious injuries and the impact they have on our citizens. Major injuries can cause premature death, disability and unnecessary financial burdens. Fortunately, most injuries – motor vehicle accidents, falls, unsafe gun storage and violence in the workplace or at home – are preventable. The key is to understand what causes these injuries so you can take the proper precautions to protect yourself, your family and the community.

The following are some of today’s most common, preventable injuries:

§  Motor vehicle accidents due to distracted or impaired driving, including texting, using a cell phone, drinking and driving, etc. Take a pledge not to drive while distracted. (Click here for pledge)

§  Motorcycle and bicycle accidents. Simply wearing a helmet can offer better protection and may even save your life.

§  Tree stand falls cause numerous traumatic injuries every year during hunting season. Read our tree stand safety guide for more tips. (Click here for brochure)

§  Accidental shootings due to lack of gun safety and/or storage. If you own a gun, be responsible and get a gun lock to keep your firearm stored safely and securely.

§  Physical violence, including domestic, workplace, bullying, etc. If you or someone you know is the victim of physical abuse, speak up and ask for help.

§  Sports injuries, including concussions, overuse, etc. Proper training can help prevent serious sports injuries. Seeking immediate medical attention for a serious sports injury can mean the difference between a game ending injury and a career ending injury. Click here for information:

If you would like additional information, please contact Carrie Chismarich, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator, at