The trauma department at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has expanded during the last several years and places a special emphasis on community service and outreach.
Under the direction of the trauma injury prevention community outreach coordinator, the trauma department partners with a range of organizations to provide injury prevention and safety education to the community.
Outreach programs have covered prevention of elderly falls, concussion and sports injuries, distracted and impaired driving, spinal cord injuries, suicide and more. In addition, the trauma department partners with Stop the Bleed, a worldwide campaign to inform community members and bystanders on how to save people’s lives. Last year, 500 community members learned best practices to support this valiant effort.
The trauma department also participates in the annual Nurse Skills-A-Thon to certify new nurses, runs the annual Trauma Awareness Expo, and holds the Annual Trauma Reunion for former patients and their families to celebrate their recovery and share their stories.
Most recently, patients and families have benefited from Project Memory, a collaborative effort by the trauma and palliative care social workers. This legacy and memory-making project is offered to families to honor patients by providing a tangible gift of positive moments in distressing times. Gifts include memory stones, hand or fingerprints, decorative frames or pillowcases, and Heart Beat in a Bottle, which is a patient’s last EKG (electrocardiogram reading) printed on a tiny strip of paper and placed into a tiny bottle.