Injury Prevention is a field of study and practice that aims to reduce the risk of harm to individuals. This can be achieved through a variety of methods, including education, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation. Injury prevention is often divided into two main categories: unintentional injuries (such as falls, burns, and drownings) and intentional injuries (such as violence and self-harm).
Overview[edit | edit source]
Injury prevention involves efforts and measures to prevent injuries, either unintentional or intentional, from occurring. Such efforts can be either passive (not requiring any activity by the individual) or active (requiring the individual to make a conscious decision to engage in safety behavior). Injury prevention strategies are typically grouped into two categories: those designed to prevent the initial injury, such as using seat belts in cars, and those aimed at preventing the recurrence of an injury, such as rehabilitation programs.
Unintentional Injuries[edit | edit source]
Unintentional injuries are those that occur without any intent to cause harm. These include injuries resulting from accidents such as falls, motor vehicle crashes, burns, and drownings. Prevention strategies for unintentional injuries often involve education, engineering controls, enforcement of safety regulations, and evaluation of these strategies.
Intentional Injuries[edit | edit source]
Intentional injuries are those that are deliberately inflicted, either by the person injured or by another person. These include injuries resulting from violence, self-harm, and suicide. Prevention strategies for intentional injuries often involve social and mental health interventions, as well as legal measures.
Prevention Strategies[edit | edit source]
Prevention strategies in injury prevention can be classified into three categories: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Primary prevention aims to prevent an injury from occurring in the first place. Secondary prevention aims to reduce the impact of an injury that has already occurred. Tertiary prevention aims to soften the impact of an ongoing injury or illness that has lasting effects.
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