Palmetto Health will now offer two additional interactive trauma injury prevention programs to the community through Palmetto Health Richland’s Level I Trauma Center, the only one in central South Carolina. Senior Lifestyles & Injury Prevention (SLIP) is designed to reduce the risk of falls among adults 65 years and older. The other program, ThinkFirst, teaches children and teenagers how to reduce their risk for traumatic brain and spinal injuries.
SLIP includes a 30-45 minute interactive presentation that consists of an overview of risk factors that contribute to falls, as well as a discussion on minimizing falls in the home. The session also includes an exercise demonstration and handouts with facts on how to minimize falls. SLIP sessions are offered to faith-based organizations, senior centers and community events.
ThinkFirst is a 45-minute interactive session that is offered at elementary, middle and high schools, as well as faith-based organizations and community events. Participants will watch the featured film, “Think About Your Choices,” review how the brain functions and how injury affects the brain, examine a spinal column and the effects of spinal cord injuries, and interact with a VIP (Voices for Injury Prevention) speaker. VIP speakers are individuals who have sustained a brain or spinal cord injury. These speakers will explain how injuries occur, how they affect the body and how they can be prevented.
“Palmetto Health Richland’s Level I Trauma Center strives to educate and inform the community on ways to reduce risk that leads to permanent disability or death among the adolescent and older adult population. We are excited to provide two programs that have been proven to provide guidance on how injuries occur, how they affect the body, and how they can be prevented,” said Nichole Spivey, trauma injury prevention coordinator.
To schedule a SLIP session or high school ThinkFirst session, contact Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator Nichole Spivey at 803-434-6231 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule an elementary or middle school ThinkFirst session, contact Amanda Felder, pediatric trauma manager at 803-434-4385 or email@example.com.
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