SAVIR Articles

Articles from SAVIR appearing in Injury Prevention

As part of SAVIR partnership with Injury Prevention, SAVIR Board of Director and members write
a "From SAVIR" column for each journal publication.

04/01/2015

Using health impact assessments to advance the field of injury and violence prevention ents to advance the field of injury and violence prevention

Keshia M Pollack, Marjory L Givens, Gregory J Tung

Injuries remain a leading cause of death and disability globally. A growing body of evidence shows that decisions made in sectors such as transportation, housing and urban planning affect injury risk. Health impact assessment (HIA) is a pragmatic process to identify the potential health risks and benefits of proposed policies and to inform decision-making. HIAs help policymakers broadly weigh the trade-offs of proposals, for which health risks including injury and violence might not otherwise be fully recognised or addressed. The aim of this article is to describe HIA and its application to the field of injury and violence prevention.


04/01/2015

Scared safe? Abandoning the use of fear in urban violence prevention programmes

Jonathan Purtle, Rose Cheney, Douglas J Wiebe, Rochelle Dicker April 2015, Volume 21, Issue 2

The American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Committee on Trauma recently released Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2014. Now in its sixth edition, Resources enumerates the criteria that US trauma centres must satisfy to achieve ACS verification. Of particular relevance to the field of violence and injury research is Chapter 18, entitled ‘Prevention’. Among the many changes is the addition of criterion 18-5, which states: “Level I and II trauma centers must implement at least two programs that address one of the major causes of injury in the community” (p. 141). Violence is a major cause of injury in the communities served by urban trauma centres,2 3 and thus violence is likely to be the focus of many new programmes established to satisfy the criterion. This presents an opportunity to integrate violent injury research into practice as most trauma centres will adopt existing models of hospital-based violence prevention.