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Trauma Report Shows Falls, Car Crashes Cause Most SA Injuries

Wendy Rigby
Texas Public Radio
University Hospital is encouraging people to control bleeding until emergency help arrives.

As San Antonio’s population continues to grow, the number of injuries treated at area hospitals is also on the rise. University Hospital, the city’s civilian level one trauma center, released its annual trauma report on Jan. 19, 2017.

Falls were the number one cause of injury for people of all ages in 2015, the latest year for trauma records released by University Hospital.


"Our major injuries are burn-related, fall and motor vehicle crashes," said

Lillian Liao, MD, Pediatric Trauma Medical Director and one of the trauma surgeons at University.

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University Hospital released the results of its annual trauma report on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017


The hospital is joining a national campaign by the American College of Surgeons called Stop the Bleed. It’s an attempt to encourage people to jump in and stanch the flow of blood after an accident or injury, which Liao said can help cut down on preventable deaths.

"If someone holds pressure until EMS arrives so that they can take the patient to the hospital, that immediate control of bleeding at the scene can save that life," she emphasized.

The trauma report also showed the rate of children injured in car crashes jumped by 37 percent in 2015. 64 children were hit by cars that year, a rate 60 percent higher than just five years earlier. And the overall rate of injuries caused by violence rose 44 percent from 2010 to 2015.

Click here to access the full report.

Wendy Rigby is a San Antonio native who has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. She spent two decades at KENS-TV covering health and medical news. Now, she brings her considerable background, experience and passion to Texas Public Radio.