UNC Trauma Talk Podcasts
Home Safety Modifications for Senior Safety: Staying Safe While Social Distancing
In this episode, we interview the coordinator of a coalition that helps seniors in Orange County get linked with services that can help make their home safer by installing items such as grab bars, wheelchair ramps, and making minor home repairs. Ryan Lavalley of the Orange County Dept. on Aging discusses the benefits of home safety modification to reduce falls risks and how seniors in Orange County can be linked to services such as Habitat for Humanity who can make repairs at low to no-cost. Not only do they provide injury prevention type modifications, some seniors are even eligible for things like air conditioning repairs that can improve quality of life and reduce risk of heat stroke. Navigating the many agencies in our area can be difficult, and their coalition tries to simplify the process by determining what individuals are eligible for and which agency can best serve them. To get in touch with the coalition for yourself or a loved one you can contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organizations in the coalition include:
Safe Gun Practices & Gun Storage w/NC Wildlife Resource Center
This episode includes an interview with NC Wildlife Officer Hannah Shively on safe gun storage practices and how to safely handle a firearm. To access the classes on gun safety that NC Wildlife Association offers please visit their website. We also created a series of PSAs around National Just ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day to remind families to 'Just Ask' about safe gun storage every time your child visits another family home. To watch the PSAs please click here.
Preventing Elder Abuse Two Part Episode
Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized on June 15th to shed light and recognize the reality of elder abuse. Physical abuse, neglect, and other forms of abuse are discussed by our two expert speakers, Lara Garangus of NCDHHS and Kathy Dowd from The Audiology Project, in this two part episode. With Covid-19 keeping the elderly socially isolated for safety, senior adults may be at an even greater risk of abuse.
Firework Safety with the Shannon Family
Every summer tens of thousands of people end up in the ED because of injuries related to home firework displays. Nearly half of them are children. With the Covid-19 pandemic causing cancellation of professional firework shows this summer, it is more important than ever to make smart choices when planning your home summer celebrations. The Shannon family, longtime advocates for firework safety regulations nationwide, share their personal story on why home fireworks aren't worth the risk. We discuss the North Carolinians for Firework Safety Coalition's mission to lobby for the continuation of firework safety regulation laws in the state of NC. To learn more about the coalition you can visit or to learn more about firework safety visit http://www.safefireworksnc.com/ , follow @NCFireworkSafety on Facebook, or email email@example.com.
ATV Safety For the Summer: Staying Safe While Social Distancing
Did you know that North Carolina was the 9th leading states in ATV accident fatalities? ATV safety expert and research, Stephen Oesch, shares some of the most dangerous behaviors he's seen ATV riders try and how to prevent accidents and injuries. In North Carolina the law requires that you MUST wear an ATV helmet, protective eye wear and abide by age restrictions dependent on the ATV's size. Finally, NC is one of the nation's states that requires all ATV operators to complete a certification class that can be easily accessed here. For more safety resources for parents and adults visit our website.
Preventing Youth Substance Abuse with Insight NC: Stay Safe While Social Distancing
Insight Human Services covers 60 counties in NC, and uses a population health approach to preventing substance abuse in youth by building protective factors such as self-esteem building and teaching teens tactics to overcome peer pressure. In this episode with Insight NC Program Manager Kyle Smith, we talk about how families can work with their teens to reduce chances of substance abuse and build positive family dynamics. Resources that Kyle references in the interview are below:
https://teens.drugabuse.gov/-NIDA for Teens
https://www.lockyourmeds.org/nc/- Lock Your Meds
Coping & Mental Health During the Pandemic with American Red Cross
This episode includes an interview from a long time American Red Cross Disaster Management Volunteer, Michael Brown. As a former psychologist and an experienced disaster relief provider, Michael is able to provide us with tips for coping with the unknown and guiding ourselves and our families through stressful situations.
1. Alliance Behavioral Healthcare Access Line: 800-510-9132. Alliance is the local behavioral health management agency for Durham, Wake, Cumberland and Johnston Counties. Each county in NC is served by a local health management agency and folks outside of these counties can contact their local agency access line.
2. Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 and you will be contacted by a crisis counselor.
3. SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990. SAMHSA is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
For activities for children:
1. NC State 4H Daily Spark for Kids: https://covid19.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/04/n-c-4-h-daily-spark-for-youth-on-facebook-live/ This is a daily activity on Facebook Live with a variety of topics.
2. 125 Activities for Children During the Corona Virus Stay At Home Period: https://parade.com/1009774/stephanieosmanski/things-to-do-with-kids-during-coronavirus-quarantine/
3. Kid Friendly Activities: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2020/children-at-home-share-these-kid-friendly-activities.htmlActivities for children shared by the American Red Cross.
For more information around COVID-19:
1. www.redcross.org/coronavirus. Helpful information from the American Red Cross on a variety of topics such as caregiving, children's activities, and safety during the corona virus pandemic.
2. Local Community Resources and Information: Dial 211, the community resource line.
3. Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Dog Bite Prevention: Staying Safe While Social Distancing
Far too often at the UNC Trauma Center we see children injured by a family's beloved pet or a neighborhood dog. In this episode we interview two behavioral veterinarian specialists of NC State University's School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sara Bennett and Dr. Margaret Gruen share their tips on how to prevent dog bites and how to understand the language of dogs so that we can be aware of the signs that they may be about to attack. They recommend Family Paws Parent Education as a resource for parents and caregivers to make sure everyone is safe. Other resources for dog bite prevention can be found here.
Wear Your Helmet!: Biking Safely During Social Distancing
In this episode I interview Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator of Brennar Children's Hospital in Winston Salem NC, Luly Beckles. Luly shares her incredible personal story of how she ended up in her role at the hospital and became passionate about bike safety and distributing helmets and bike education to kids all over NC. For more bike safety tips, proper helmet fitting instructions and bike hand signals click here.
Drive Safely at Every Age: Older Adult Driving
Driving safety is important at every age. In this episode we natural changes that occur as we age, and how we can mitigate their effect on our driving. Kristel Robison with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center joins me and shares her expert insight. Kristel asks that for more information people visit http://www.ncseniordriver.org/. Other helpful resources include AAA Senior Driving Safety and AARP Driver Safety. Finally, please visit Car-fit.org to find older driver safety events near you!
Preventing Child Abuse During a Pandemic: Staying Safe While Social Distancing
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. This episode covers child abuse prevention strategies and resources via an interview by Prevent Child Abuse NC's director of development, Claire Veazey. Claire covers the many ways in which their organization works to prevent child abuse and neglect in our state and tells listeners how to access resources and get involved in the cause.
Protect Your Head: Staying Safe While Social Distancing Covers TBI
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a serious result of many types of accidents including falls, car crashes, and sports injuries. Prevention and early detection and treatment are important to prevent the serious long-term effects that TBIs can cause. In this episode I interview Scott Pokorney, Traumatic Brain Injury Team Lead at the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services. We discuss the burden of TBIs and the best way to prevent and respond to this type of injury. Scott recommends visiting the following resources for more information:
Catching Up with Orange County EMS: UNC Trauma Talk
In this episode Alex and Lindsay interview Kyle Ronn of Orange County Emergency Services. Kyle shares what trends OCEMS has seen since the beginning of the stay at home order and explains how to work with emergency services if you do have to call 9-1-1. For more info on OCEMs visit their website or their Facebook page. Thanks so much to our EMS partners on the front lines of the pandemic!!
Safety on the Water Part 1: Open Water Swim Safety
Safety on the Water Part 2: Boating Safety with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary
In this episode, I follow up our open water swimming safety episode with an interview on boating safety with Sherry Spillman of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Sherry wants everyone to know the best way to be safe as a boater is take a class. To find an online class click here. She also gives tips on safe boating in terms of Covid-19.
Suicide Prevention During the Pandemic: Staying Safe While Social Distancing
This episode focuses on why suicide and suicidal thoughts are on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic and how we can intervene. Dr. Kurt Michael of Appalachian State University, a licensed psychologist and suicide prevention expert, shares how to detect the signs and symptoms of suicide, how we can intervene and what we can expect long term. For more information on Dr. Michael's work you can also read this article, Youth Mental Health in North Carolina: Creative Innovations in Challenging Times.
Dr. Michael provides several very important numbers that listeners can call if they are having suicidal thoughts:
- The 24/7 Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255
- The Spanish Speaking Suicide Prevention Lifelife number is 1-800-628-9454
- The Suicide Prevention Lifeline Chatroom link can be found here
- The Suicide Prevention Life number for deaf and hard of here is 1-800-799-4889
- An alternate option for those who prefer to text message can message the Crises Text Line for free 24/7 by texting the word 'HOME' to 741741
In the episode we discuss the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). The link for more information is here.
Duke & UNC Talk Distracted Driving: Staying Safe While Social Distancing
Tricia Smar, the injury prevention coordinator the Duke University Hospitals Trauma program, and I discuss National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Tricia shares insight into how we can all be better drivers and avoid distraction. We also offer a few tips on safe driving during the stay at home order from Covid-19.
In the episode I reference the importance of car maintenance to avoid accidents and how to be careful about having car work done during the pandemic. The article I refer can be found here.
Other resources for distracted driving prevention:
Orange County Community Update from Orange County Sheriff's Office: Staying Safe While Social Distancing
In this episode I interview Alicia Stemper, the public information officer, of Orange County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina. Alicia shares with us some concerns that their law enforcement office has about domestic violence during the stay at home order, community firearms safety, and how to be a responsible community member (and human!) during this time.
As an Orange County resident, if you are experiencing domestic violence or are scared for your safety you can call Amber Keith 919-245-2950 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
If you are not an Orange County, NC resident you should call the National Domestic Abuse Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or go to https://www.thehotline.org/ and you can chat with someone online without making a sound.
To get a free gun lock you can also visit the OC Sheriff's Office at 106 Margaret Lane Hillsborough, NC.
Fire Safety and Burn Prevention: Staying Safe While Social Distancing
In this mini episode I interview Emily Powell of the Chapel Hill Fire Department. Emily shares her main concerns for fire safety during social distancing and staying at home, and she provides fire prevention tips for both kids and seniors.
Driving and Car Seat Safety - Staying Safe During Social Distancing
This mini episode addresses driving safety during COVID19, tips for safety with children in and around cars, and how to make a remote car seat safety consultation. To make a car seat safety consultation appointment please call 984-974-2437. Videos for how to do the "pinch" test to make sure your child's harness is snug enough and how to do the "inch test" on your child's car seat may be found in the link below.
UNC Trauma Talk: Regional Updates and Injury Prevention Tips
Our first episode of UNC Trauma Talk covers regional updates for stakeholders from UNC Trauma Program. These updates and injury prevention tips for the stay-at-home order are of great importance to the general population and HCP alike. For articles and resources referenced in our show please see below:
Uplifting Stories and Resources
- Some Hope, Cindy Lifton, PhD, RN, CPXP
- UF Doctor creates more efficient N95 masks out of surgical equipment
- COVID-19: Our Response to the N95 Shortage
- Doctors Expect Huge Spike in Pediatric Injuries at Home
- Resources for Healthy Families Under Stress and Healthy Strategies for Talking with Kids
Important Phone Numbers:
If you or your child accidentally ingests cleaning products or medication not prescribed call National Poison Control Call (800) 222-1222
For a free gun lock or car seat safety consultation please call (984) 974-2437
Staying Safe While Social Distancing: Lock It Up
This mini episode covers three important things to lock up during social distancing to keep your child as safe as possible and out of hazards. We cover how to safely store 1) Household cleaners 2) Medications 3) FIrearms. If your child was to accidentally ingest any household cleaner or medications not prescribed to them call National Poison Control at (800) 222-1222. For more tips on safe gun storage please visit https://besmartforkids.org/ and watch the National Ad Council's PSA on why storing guns safely is so important.
Staying Safe While Social Distancing: Safety Tips for Seniors
Staying Safe While Social Distancing is a minisode from UNC Trauma Center to encourage safety during the COVID19 crises. In the minsode we refer to a few important resources. To find videos to help seniors stay active at home please visit https://www.silversneakers.com/blog/best-exercise-older-adults/. This is one of many resources you can find online for ideas for physical activity (note UNC Trauma is not endorsing any of these videos). We also mentioned the HOPE Hotline to prevent social isolation during COVID19 social distancing. Seniors can call this toll free number any time 1-866-578-4673 or 1-866-578-HOPE. For more injury prevention tips visit tarheeltrauma.org or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UNCTARHEELTRAUMA/.