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46 Stranded motorists injury prevention: how interprofessional collaboration informs policy
  1. Stacy Drake1,
  2. Kyler Goodwin2,
  3. Robin Garza3,
  4. Chandra Hendrix4,
  5. Dinah Massie5,
  6. Dwayne Wolf6
  1. 1The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, USA
  2. 2Memorial Hermann Hospital, USA
  3. 3Ben Taub General Hospital, USA
  4. 4CHI St. Luke's, USA
  5. 5Houston Transtar, USA
  6. 6Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, USA

Abstract

Statement of the purpose Stranded motorists are injured or die every year as the result of being hit by a motor vehicle. Scant literature about this population exists. These deaths are not differentiated from auto-pedestrian fatalities in the usual vital statistics classifications (e.g. death certificates) or other public safety databases. In effort to develop effective prevention strategies differentiating the stranded motorist from the auto-pedestrian is essential. The aims of this project were twofold: 1) identify and describe the stranded motorist population during the years of 2004–2014 and 2) establish injury prevention strategies in Harris County, Texas. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the roles and outcomes of an injury prevention interprofessional collaboration.

Methods/approach The interprofessional collaboration consisted of representatives from two level one trauma centres, Houston Transtar, which is an agency comprised of four government entities focused on Transportation Management and Emergency Management, the local medicolegal death investigation agency, and a large metropolitan university.

Results The collaboration resulted in agency level changes in how stranded motorists are categorised and tracked within agency databases. We have begun statewide initiatives to incorporate database changes at the state level. Additionally, we developed a public service announcement (PSA) that was distributed throughout the region via collaborative involvement at events such as car care events. The PSA was also posted in the public website of several of the agencies. We are developing initiatives to impact state legislation to include stranded motorists in the current “Move-over” laws.

Conclusion By working through an interprofessional collaboration, we were able to identify and implement injury prevention strategies for persons who become stranded on the roadside and have raised awareness of the dangers of being a stranded motorist.

Significance and contributions We were able to identify gaps in current systems and have bridged those gaps through interprofessional collaboration.

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