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1 Milestones in Public Health: Chapter 2 January 2011 Lectures for Graduate Public Health Education

2 Identify energy as main cause of injury Describe injury risk factors across life span Discuss risk factors for teen motor vehicle crashes and factors demonstrated to reduce these risks 2

3 Describe injury outcomes and disability Define injury control and describe at the three levels of prevention Explain federal funding for research to identify, implement, and maintain successful interventions 3

4 Illustrate how the 5 Es of injury control (Education, Engineering, Economic Incentives, Empowerment, Enactment of Legislation) are used to prevent injury Illustrate how the Haddon framework can be applied to automobile safety Analyze linked systems of safety features in automobile manufacturing 4

5 1.Historical Perspective/Background 2.Context: The Milestones and its Impact on Public Health 3.Biology, Behavior and Science 4.Systems, Policies and Programs 5.Looking Ahead 6.References and Resources 5

6 Historical Perspective/Background

7 20 th CenturyMotorization of America 1896First recorded fatality occurred in London in an onlooker during a demonstration drive September 1899 First U.S. fatality occurred in NYC Mid-1960sModern injury science emerged as a distinct field 1985Shift of focus: Accident prevention to injury prevention 7

8 NHTSA 2020 Report 8

9 Motor vehicle safety: A 20th century public health achievement Challenge for 21st century to SUSTAIN AND IMPROVE Motor Vehicle Safety 9

10 Context: The Milestone and its Impact on Public Health

11 More than 79,500 adults ages 20 to 49 died from injuries in 2002 Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of those deaths CDC (2006) 11

12 CDC (2006) 12

13 CDC (2006) 13

14 Motor vehicle injuries occur at all stages of life and include the following issues: – Alcohol-related motor vehicle injuries – Child passenger safety – Older adult drivers – Road traffic safety – Teens behind the wheel CDC (2006) 14

15 An alcohol-related motor vehicle crash kills someone every 31 minutes and injures someone non-fatally every 2 minutes More than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics About 3 in 10 Americans are involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetimes The number of alcohol-related fatal crashes is growing Costs Americans approximately $51B annually CDC (2006); Quinlan et al. (2005), Dept. of Justice (2005) 15

16 Motor vehicle injuries are among the greatest public health problem facing U.S. children today During 2003, a total of 1,591 children aged 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 220,000 were injured Most of these children were riding unrestrained, thus many of these injuries could have been prevented Drinking and driving are injury and fatality risk factors for children CDC (2006) 16

17 In 2002, a total of 7,688 people ages 65 and older died in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. Drivers ages 65 and older have higher crash death rates per mile driven than all but teen drivers Rates for motor vehicle-related deaths and injury are twice as high for older men as for older women Motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries among older adults are rising CDC (2006) 17

18 Road traffic crashes kill 1.2 million/year worldwide Road traffic crashes injure or disable 20 million to 50 million each year Ranks as 11th cause of death and account for 2% of all deaths globally By 2020, road traffic injuries predicted to become 3rd largest contributor to global burden of disease Economic cost of road traffic injuries is an estimated $518 billion CDC (2006) 18

19 Motor vehicle-related injuries are the biggest health threat to teens in U.S. Account for 2/5 of deaths overall In 2002, >5,000 teens, ages died of injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes Risk highest among year-olds Cost (fatal and non-fatal) involving drivers years was $40.8 billion in 2002 CDC (2006) 19

20 Biology, Behavior and Science

21 Injuries occur when the tissues of the human body absorb energy that is above the tissue threshold McKay (2009) 21

22 Kinetic Electrical Chemical Thermal/Radiant Energy McKay (2009) 22

23 Kinetic: falls, motor vehicle crashes Electrical: lightning strikes, downed wires Chemical: poisonings Thermal/Radiant Energy: steam or flame burns Two types involved in motor vehicle crashes: – Kinetic – Thermal McKay (2009) 23

24 The Bodys Response to Injury Tissue Fragility and Injury Threshold (co- morbid factors; growing bodies; advanced aging) Tissue Healing Injury Mechanics 24

25 The Bodys Response to Injury – Each body tissue has a unique ability to absorb and dissipate energy without injury until a critical threshold is reached Tissue Fragility and Injury Threshold – comorbid factors; age as a factor Tissue Healing Injury Mechanics – Kinetic energy causes the majority of injuries 25

26 Age and Sex Experience Passengers Alcohol Driving at Night and Fatigue National Research Council (2007) 26

27 Improved parental management of teens learning to drive Enhanced enforcement on teen drivers – Graduated driver licensing (GDL) – Nighttime curfews – Limit number of passengers – Enforce strict seat belt laws National Research Council (2007) 27

28 Torso injuries more likely to be life-threatening than permanently disabling Head injuries both life-threatening and disabling Spine injuries almost always permanently disabling Bone injuries associated with long-term disability Long-term psychosocial effects in injured persons and in family and friends CDC (2006) 28

29 Injury to each type of tissue and organ, or organ system: -- results in predictable patterns of damage AND -- indicates predictable emergent intervention 29

30 Total number of years of productive life lost is greater than heart disease and cancer combined 1/10 of funding directed to injury-related topics compared to those two diseases 30

31 Systems, Policies and Programs

32 These terms refer to the array of activities described as: prevention, control, acute care, and rehabilitation Prevention: includes efforts to reduce risks and severity of injury Treatment: refers to post-event efforts to ameliorate the effects of injury through acute care and rehabilitation Institute of Medicine (1999) 32

33 1.Pre-event phase, during which the energy becomes uncontrolled 2.Brief event phase, in which the uncontrolled energy is transferred to the individual, resulting in injury if the energy transfer exceeds the tolerance of the body to absorb it 3.Post-event phase, during which attempts can be made to restore homeostasis and repair the damage Institute of Medicine (1999) 33

34 Prevailing scientific paradigm for studying causes and prevention of injury William Haddon, Jr. MD ( ) 34

35 Individual behavior Agent Physical environment Socio-economic environment Pre-event Event Post-event Phases Factors 35

36 HumanVector/VehiclePhysical/Social Environment Pre-Event Intoxication Safety Belt Use Speed Alertness/Sleepiness Experience Tire Pressure Brake Functioning I Beams Crumple Zones Speed Cameras Weather Social Culture Willingness to allow others to drive drunk Event Frailty Age Size Speed of Impact Air Bags Size Stiffness of Surfaces Stability Control Flammability Guard rails Stiffness of fixed objects Barriers Embankments Post- Event Body Mass Index Age Co-morbid conditions Degree of crush Fuel System integrity EMS response Trauma Center availability Rehab Programs 36

37 Worst among 16-year-olds Teens have highest crash risk of any group Highest involvement rates in crashes of all types Characteristics: – Driver error – Speeding – Single-vehicle – Passengers – Alcohol – Night drivers – Low seatbelt use 37

38 Alcohol is less a problem for 16-year-olds: 15% typically have BAC of 0.08% or more But alcohol becomes a serious problem for later teen years 38

39 Graduated licensing helps – Restricts night driving – Limits teen passengers – Requires specified amount of supervised practice 21 year old minimum drinking age laws in all states and D.C. – NHTSA estimates these laws have saved 24,560 lives since 1975 Zero tolerance laws for young drivers 39

40 Crashes per million miles driven in 2006 Source: IIHS 40

41 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) The National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) 41

42 Promptly suspending drivers licenses of persons who drive while intoxicated Health promotion efforts that use ecological framework to influence economic, organization, policy, and school/community action 42

43 If at least one driver or non-occupant involved in a crash is determined to have had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.01 gram per deciliter (g/dl) or higher: – The motor vehicle crash is considered an alcohol-related crash – Any death is considered an alcohol-related fatality 43

44 12.6% of all drivers in fatal crashes were between 15 and 20 years old 16% of all drivers in police-reported crashes were young drivers 28% who were killed had been drinking 23% of these had BAC of 0.08g/dl or higher (this had dropped 7% between ) 44

45 Severity of a crash increases with alcohol involvement – 2% - crashes involving property damage – 4% - crashes resulting in injury – 21% - crashes involved in fatal crashes Alcohol involvement higher in young males – 24% of males involved in fatal crashes – 12% of females Drivers less likely to use restraints when drinking – 64% in fatal crashes unrestrained – 74% of drivers in fatal crashes unrestrained 45

46 Trauma care systems Planning, development, and outcome research at HRSA and research in injury biomechanics on the pathophysiology and reparative processes. The aim is to further the understanding of injury causes and consequences on differences in risk perception, risk taking, and behavioral responses to safety improvements among different segments of the population 46

47 Looking Ahead

48 Prevent injury and violence Increase use of safety belts Reduce motor vehicle crash-related deaths Reduce nonfatal motor vehicle crash-related injuries Healthy People

49 Linked systems of safety features: – Anti-lock brakes – foundation of systems – Sensor detection to read the road – Better suspension systems using electronics and software – Skid controls: a system that rectifies driver error 49

50 To sustain and improve motor vehicle safety will require further public health action to: – Expand surveillance to better monitor nonfatal injuries, detect new problems, and set priorities – Direct research to emerging and priority problems – Implement the most effective programs and policies – Strengthen interagency, multidisciplinary partnerships 50

51 Continuing efforts shown to reduce alcohol- impaired driving and related fatalities/injuries Promoting strategies such as graduated licensing that discourage speeding, teenage drinking and other risky driving behaviors and encourage safety belt use 51

52 Enhancing pedestrian safety, especially for children and the elderly, through engineering solutions that – reduce exposure to traffic and permit crossing streets safely – encourage safer pedestrian behaviors, such as crossing streets at intersections – increase visibility to drivers and driver awareness of pedestrians 52

53 Accommodating the mobility needs of persons aged greater than 65 years – a population that will almost double to 65 million by 2030 – through a combination of alternative modes of transportation (e.g., walking and getter public transportation) and development of better strategies to reduce driving hazards 53

54 Encouraging the routine use of safety belts (30% of the population do not wear safety belts) Encouraging proper use of age-appropriate child-safety seats and booster seats, especially for older children who have outgrown their child seats but are too small for adult lap-shoulder belts 54

55 Conducting biomechanics research to better understand the causes of nonfatal disabling injuries, particularly brain and spinal cord injuries, as a foundation for prevention strategies Developing a comprehensive public health surveillance system at the federal, state, and local levels that tracks fatal and nonfatal motor-vehicle-related injuries in order to establish prevention and research priorities 55

56 Development of seat belts Active restraint systems Trace the history in the U.S. and elsewhere What was some resistance based upon? Discuss issues of personal freedom which arose. What is the sole state that does not have seat belt law? What does (did) a seat belt cost per car? What about legislation requiring large school buses to install seat belts? 56

57 NHTSA (2008) 57

58 Trace the history of the development of air bags in the U.S. What distinguishes the use of air bags from seat belt use? Although most crashes are head-on impact, what is the comparative magnitude of crashes on the sides of autos? What were some of the negative impact factors in crashes when air bags inflated? Were these anticipated? 58

59 Which of these restraint systems has had a greater impact on saving lives? 59

60 CDC (1999) 60

61 CDC (1999) 61

62 62

63 References and Resources

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65 5.Faden, V. B., & Goldman, M. S. (2008). Underage drinking: Understanding and reducing risk in the context of human development. Pediatrics, 121(Suppl 4), S231-S354. doi: /peds I 6.Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). (2005). Crime in the United States 2005: Uniform crime reports. Retrieved November 3, 2006 from 7.Insurance institute for highway safety, highway loss data institute. Retrieved March 29, 2010, from 8.Jones, R. K., Shinar, D., Walsh, J. M., & United States. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2003). State of knowledge of drug-impaired driving : Final report. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Research and Technology. Retrieved from ugs/StateofKnwlegeDrugs/ ugs/StateofKnwlegeDrugs/ 65

66 9.McKay, M. P. (2009). Pathophysiology of injury: Why gravity is your enemy. Essentials of public health biology : A guide for the study of pathophysiology (pp ). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Retrieved from 10.National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.CDC injury fact book. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 11.National highway traffic safety administration (NHTSA). Retrieved March 29, 2010 from 12.National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). (2008). Occupant protection. Traffic Safety Facts, National Research Council. Transportation Research Board, & National Research Council. Board on Children, Youth, and Families. (2007). Preventing teen motor crashes : Contributions from the behavioral and social sciences : Workshop report. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press. 66

67 14.O'Neill, B. Accidents: Highway safety and William Haddon, Jr. Contingencies, 14(1), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (1997). People saving people: On the road to a healthier future: NHTSA 2020 report. Retrieved March 29, 2010 from 16.National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2005). Traffic Safety Facts. Retrieved January 4, 2011 from educing%20Unsafe%20behaviors/ pdf educing%20Unsafe%20behaviors/ pdf 17.Pfizer Inc. (2006). Automotive safety. (pp. 275). New York: Pfizer Inc. 18.Public comment - healthy people 2020 Retrieved April 14, 2010 from Area=Injury+and+Violence+Prevention Area=Injury+and+Violence+Prevention 19.Quinlan, K. P., Brewer, R. D., Siegel, P., Sleet, D. A., Mokdad, A. H., Shults, R. A., & Flowers, N. (2005). Alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 28(4), doi: /j.amepre


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