Outreach 2006

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Injury Prevention Fair

April 4, 2006

The UCI Emergency Medicine Interest Group’s inaugural Injury Prevention Fair took place Saturday, April 8th at the Block at Orange outdoor shopping mall in Orange, CA. With the UC Irvine Medical Center just steps away, this event exemplified the commitment to community service and patient care that has come to be associated with UCI Medical Center and UCI School of Medicine. The goal of this event was to reach out to the community surrounding our hospital with information and materials to educate them on safety for the whole family, both everyday and in the event of a disaster. It represented a productive collaboration of medical students, physicians, staff, and local community organizations to bring beneficial information and a day of talks, giveaways, and fun.

The Fair was organized and run by medical students and featured participants included the UCI Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine, The Center for Trauma and Injury Prevention Research, UCI Regional Burn Center, Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-1, Orange County Red Cross, Orange City Fire Department, UCI Blood Donor Center, American Academy of Pediatrics, Orange County Heath Agency, and our own Emergency Medicine Interest Group. The format of the fair was a cluster of outdoor booths where representatives from the different organizations provided displays, informational pamphlets, and free items while interacting with families and answering their questions about safety and disaster preparedness. A stage was set up where guests listened to over 15 informal and hands-on presentations on topics including bicycle/skateboard safety, emergency first aid, pool safety, and multiple issues in disaster preparedness and response.

In addition, with the help of many generous contributions, EMIG was able to purchase, fit, and dispense over 150 bicycle and multisport helmets to local children, as well as 300 emergency first aid kits to families, all free of charge. There were several hands-on demonstrations and raffle prize giveaways conducted throughout the day, and the UCI Blood Donor Center collected over 20 units of blood from generous donors.

The estimated attendance of the Fair was over 300, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Seats were consistently filled for all the talks, and presenters were busy all day giving helpful tips and answering questions. We received positive feedback from attendees, participants, and hospital officials. Evaluation surveys collected from 148 attendees indicated that 100% were satisfied to the point of recommending the event to a friend. In addition, the surveys showed an increase in awareness of both disaster preparedness techniques and issues as well as bicycle/skateboard/scooter safety.

The UCI Emergency Medicine Interest Group is an organization composed of medical students who are interested in a career in Emergency Medicine. EMIG is one of the largest interest groups at UCI with approximately 20% of the student body actively involved. Our goal with this outreach project was to begin providing services to our community, as many emergency physicians are actively involved in such activities. We feel it was a resounding success and look forward to developing this event in the future.

The Injury Prevention Fair was generously supported by the following groups:

California Emergency Physicians, California Medical Association Foundation, Office of the Dean of UCI School of Medicine, Society for Orange County Emergency Physicians, and UCI Emergency Department.