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Baby in car seat facing backwards back seatInjury Prevention Service

Mission

The mission of the Injury Prevention Service is to improve the health of Oklahomans by working in collaboration with communities and stakeholders to identify injury problems, then developing, implementing, and evaluating environmental modifications, policy, and educational interventions.

Reportable Injuries and Health Conditions

Statewide surveillance data are collected by Injury Prevention Service staff from hospitals, burn centers, death certificates, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The program utilizes other government agencies (fire departments, public safety, law enforcement, etc.) to provide supplemental data regarding circumstances resulting in injury as well as specific injury prevention expertise.

The Injury Prevention Service currently collects surveillance data on the following hospitalized or fatal injuries:

  • Burns 
  • Submersions
  • Traumatic brain injuries 
  • Violent deaths
  • Older adult falls (targeted communities)
  • Unintentional poisoning deaths
  • Work-related deaths

The programmatic efforts of the Injury Prevention Service have primarily targeted causes of death and disability from unintentional (accidental) injuries, including motor vehicle crashes, house fires, occupational fatalities, falls, and all-terrain vehicle crashes. Educational efforts have also addressed violence and intentional causes of injury, including sexual violence prevention, intimate partner violence, suicide, and homicide.

The Injury Prevention Service has been successful in maintaining statewide surveillance for reportable injuries and using the surveillance data to develop, implement, and evaluate prevention programs. A large house fire injury prevention effort in south Oklahoma City resulted in an 80% reduction in the rate per population of injuries during the four years following the program, while the rest of Oklahoma City had a 7% increase in the rate of injury. For every $1 spent on the program, $20 was saved in preventing injury, death, lost productivity costs, and other costs associated with these events. Following implementation of car seat programs in targeted communities, car seat use increased in all of the project communities. Additionally, there are documented instances where programs developed by the Injury Prevention Service have saved lives.

Injury Free Oklahoma 2010-2015: Strategic Plan for Injury and Violence Prevention

Injury Prevention Works: Strategies for Building Safe Communities

Recent News Releases from the Injury Prevention Service

Location and Contact Information

Address: 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Room 408, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117
Telephone: (405) 271-3430 or Toll-free 1-800-522-0204 (within Oklahoma)
Fax: (405) 271-2799

 


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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am a physician. Where can I find information about the new opioid prescribing guidelines for me and my patients?
A: See "Opioid Prescribing Guidelines" under Related Topics below, or click on Unintentional Poisoning on the left.

Q: I coach a kids' sports team. What do I need to know about concussions?
A: A concussion is a traumatic brain injury and can happen in any sport to any player--even kids. Learn how to prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. Follow the link below and Take Concussions Out of Play.

Q: What does Oklahoma law say about child car seat use.
A: The Oklahoma Child Restraint Law requires that all children 0-5 years of age be buckled in a car seat; children 6 years of age are required to use a car seat or seat belt.

Q: Why do I need a smoke alarm?
A: In only 3 1/2 minutes, the heat from a house fire can reach over 1100 degrees. Fire produces fumes that can make you sleepy, weak, and confused. You can't smell these fumes, so if you are asleep, the smell won't wake you -- but a smoke alarm will.


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