ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program
Keep yourself and your family safe on the road, at home and at play with guidance from Genesis HealthCare System’s ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program. You or your children may see Genesis trauma team members at a school or community educational event that aims to reduce your risk of brain and spinal cord injuries. You’ll also want to explore the following resources to help your loved ones stay healthy and well.
Motor Vehicle Safety
Vehicle crashes are the second-leading cause of traumatic injuries treated at Genesis Hospital. Find out how your family can drive and ride more safely.
Protect your children by following:
- Child car seat recommendations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Ohio’s Child Passenger Safety law, which issues requirements for use of safety seats and booster seats
You may qualify for free safety seats or booster seats available through Ohio Buckles Buckeyes or the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department [PDF].
For Follow up or Patient Related Questions
Teen & Adult Drivers
You and your adolescent driver may benefit from:
- Better Ohio Teen Drivers – Teaches safe driving
- Columbus Ohio Traffic School – Provides online instruction on defensive driving
- It Can Wait – Invites teens to pledge not to text and drive
- Resources for parents and teens – Offers information on Ohio’s Graduated Driver License law, prohibition of teen use of mobile devices while driving, teaching your teen to drive, and other topics
Fall Prevention & In-Home Assessments
By reducing your risk of a fall, you lower the likelihood of an injury that requires in-hospital treatment. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths for Ohioans 65 and older. Visit STEADY U Ohio to discover simple ways you can help prevent falls at home, in the workplace and in your community. Then, call 740-455-7659 to request a free in-home fall risk assessment. You’ll qualify for a free nightlight or, if someone in your home is at least 65, a free grab-bar installation.
Explore strategies for avoiding injuries during outdoor recreation, including biking, driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), swimming, boating and playing on playgrounds. Then, learn how to minimize damage from tra