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A heads-up on helmet safety

Riding a bicycle can be a fun and healthy way to enjoy summer, but for many, the trip can end in the emergency room. Each year in the United States, about 800 bicyclists are killed and another 500,000 are transported to hospitals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and…

Supervising swimmers to save lives

Andrew Schmidt, DO, MPH Three children drown every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these incidents happen in commercial and residential swimming pools, and may have been prevented if the child had proper supervision. UF Health TraumaOne works year-round to prevent children from…

Paramedic continued to save lives even after losing his own

Christopher “Bek” Gardner saved five people with his donated organs. Christopher “Bek” Gardner, 43 was always a caretaker. It started at a young age when he took on the role of “man of the house,” vigilantly watching over his little sister and mother until she remarried when he was 16.

Are Level I and Level II trauma centers that different?

When accidents happen and severe injuries occur, one hospital stands above all others in providing comprehensive, lifesaving care. That’s UF Health Jacksonville, home to TraumaOne, the only adult and pediatric Level I trauma center in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. You’ve likely heard that statement before, but do…

Steered to safety

Robert and Claudia Ayer celebrating New Year What was supposed to be a short drive to work June 24, 2016, became a medical emergency for Robert Ayer. The 53-year-old Air Force veteran was driving on Interstate 295 when he had a stroke. Robert crashed his car into the median, coming…

UF Health Jacksonville research to improve recovery from post-traumatic stress

Phyllis L. Hendry, M.D., FAAP, FACEP Researchers from UF Health Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville are taking part in a first-of-its-kind national initiative to improve the understanding, prevention and recovery of soldiers and civilians who have experienced a traumatic event.The study is being funded by the…

TraumaOne initiative teaches bleeding control to the public

Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, instructs a participant on proper tourniquet use. Aurora. Newtown. San Bernardino. Orlando. Fort Lauderdale. Active shooter situations are becoming increasingly common and getting closer to home. TraumaOne at UF Health Jacksonville is part of an initiative called…

Family Health and Injury Prevention Day

Family Health and Injury Prevention Flyer Come join TraumaOne and Flagler Hospital for an exciting afternoon filled with great events for the whole family. Come see demonstrations on safety education, our TraumaOne helicopter, fire truck displays, the Park Services and much…