Pediatric Injury Prevention Team

UT Health San Antonio / University Health System Pediatric Injury Prevention Team

Our mission — Unintentional injuries kill more children in America than all disease processes combined. When a child dies of an ‘accident,’ the devastation to the family, friends, and community is enormous and immeasurable. When we look back, most ‘accidents’ are preventable.

The mission of our group, composed of trauma surgeons, nurses, educators, and medical students, is to prevent these injuries from occurring — we believe that investing in the safety of our children should be the most important goal of any community.

Future programs will include: Burn prevention, Sports safety, Bicycle/Skateboard safety, etc. 
This is an opportunity for UT Health San Antonio medical students who are interested in community service/injury prevention.

New from the Pediatric Injury Prevention Team 

How to become a team member

  • Must have an interest in injury prevention, working in groups, educating children/young adults, community outreach, public speaking
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Participate in pre-presentation training
  • A commitment of 4 presentations (~2 hours each) per academic year

Email CV and concise (100 words) statement of interest to:

Lillian Liao, M.D. MPH 
Professor of Surgery, UT Health San Antonio
Pediatric Trauma and Burn Director UHS
Pediatric Injury Prevention Director

Goals and Objectives:

  • Identify cases/patterns for unintentional injuries amongst children 0-18 years of age in South Texas
  • Develop community awareness of injury patterns in South Texas
  • Identify high risk groups for targeted Intervention
  • Educate the community to minimize unintentional injuries in children
    • Website
    • Education/Outreach events
  • Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
  • Community centers/churches
  • Community events

Injury Prevention Topics

Motor vehicle collisions Car seat safety
Teenage drivers –> updating ‘Shattered Dreams’
Distracted driving –> expanding ‘Drive now Text L8R’ campaign
Burns Scalding water
Hot food
Fire safety
Pedestrian safety Children –> A su salud ‘How I stay safe’ calendar contest
Sports/Concussion Coaches
Falling and Falling Objects TVs
Shopping carts
Jungle gyms
All-terrain vehicles Children
Wheeled sports Helmet use
Water Safety Children –> City Wide April Pools day
Adult education
4/23/14 – Water Safety / Pool Safety Video