Trauma Awareness Month
"Firearm Injury Prevention: Everyday, Everyone, Everywhere"
Firearm injury and death claims the lives of eight children and 75 adults each day in the U.S.
• Over 39,773 people died as a result of firearm violence in
2017—one person every 13 minutes.
• That same year, almost two-thirds of all firearm-related
deaths were suicides.
• Interpersonal violence accounts for approximately one-eighth
of medical care spending on injury in the U.S.
Observed each May, National Trauma Prevention Month is a time to highlight the impact trauma has on the lives of all those directly and indirectly touched by trauma, and to commend the medical community which works each day to treat and prevention trauma.
Injury and violence prevention have been a core value of the
American Trauma Society (ATS) since the society was founded. As
an integral part of the ATS mission, ATS continues to be a national
leader in preventing death and disability from traumatic injuries.
These efforts continue to drive the organization’s activities,
resource development, and advocacy.
For resources on National Trauma Prevention Month, visit the national American Trauma Society.