Why #WorldTraumaDay2023 matters: A deeper look into the global impact of trauma

World Trauma Day is a reminder of the far-reaching effects of traumatic injuries, from road accidents to war zones. This post looks back at the history of this important day and ways to help people and keep them safe from harm worldwide.

World Trauma Day, observed every 17 October, is not just another day on the calendar. It serves as a powerful reminder that trauma impacts lives. But what is trauma? Trauma refers to physical injuries caused by traumatic events. These can range from domestic violence and natural disasters to severe car accidents. Traumatic injuries often happen suddenly and require immediate medical care. It’s not uncommon for people to go into shock, need resuscitation, or even interventions to save limbs. For many, a traumatic injury leads to disability, and for others it can be fatal. Kindness, understanding and empathy are important in the rehabilitation care of trauma patients. Did you know that traumatic injuries are the primary cause of death for those under 45? They surpass major global threats like malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. Especially concerning is that among those aged 5 to 29, between 80 and 90% of these traumatic deaths occur in low-middle-income countries.

The history of World Trauma Day dates back to 2011, in New Delhi, India, as a response to the rising toll of road accidents. However, over the years the day has grown to reflect the global issue of trauma that affects people in all walks of life and in all corners of the world.

Preventing trauma is a collective responsibility. Whether it’s following traffic rules, creating safer home environments, or advocating for peace and emergency preparedness, every effort counts. If you search online,  you can find so much information about trauma care and prevention, but getting to information you can trust can be tricky. At Physiopedia, we want to help you find the right information. Our mission is to improve global health by offering free knowledge you can trust. Whether you are looking to find out more about caring for burns, amputee rehabilitation, or the impact of being displaced, we have a wealth of knowledge to share with you.

On this World Trauma Day, let’s reflect on the individual and collective actions we can take to minimise the risks and effects of trauma. Adopting a proactive approach could save lives. Share your thoughts and preventive measures using the hashtag #WorldTraumaDay2023. Together, we have the power to effect change.

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