Accidents / Injuries / Trauma

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UK sources of information and / or support

This page mainly deals with sites concerned with accident and injury prevention, and with recovery and rehabilitation following injury or violence. There are also links to organisations who make and supply identification jewelry. See also our pages of links regarding:

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Accident Prevention - RoSPA

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website gives lots of information on preventing accidents in the home, workplace and at leisure.

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Accidents and Injuries

Information from Health Challenge Wales promoting safety and the prevention of accidents in all areas of life - at work, in the home, on roads, in schools and at leisure.

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Action for Victims of Medical Accidents

AVMA is a charity supporting people injured by medical accidents. If you think you may have suffered injury or harm as a result of inappropriate medical care, poor treatment, or misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose, then contact AVMA for free practical help and advice.

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British Red Cross

Responds to emergencies in the UK and abroad whatever the incident - from major floods and earthquakes to house fires and transport accidents, working closely with the emergency services and local authorities to support their work responding to crises.

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British Safety Council

The British Safety Council came into being following a debate in the House of Commons on June 7 1957. Since then it has grown to become the largest independent industrial safety body in the world. It trains 19,000 people a year in accident prevention techniques and safety management.

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Car Accident Victims Organisation

A national charity providing support services to anyone affected by car accidents.

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Child Accident Prevention Trust

A national charity in the United Kingdom committed to reducing the number of children and young people killed, disabled and seriously injured as a result of accidents.

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Department for Transport Road Safety Page

Their website contains information on the Government's Road Safety Strategy and its targets for reducing the number of road deaths and injuries by 2010. In addition there is information about Government policies and initiatives and advice for all road users. See also Think Road Safety.

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Electrical Safety Council

An independent body promoting electrical safety for the protection of consumers.

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Fire Kills - you can prevent it

Fire safety advice.

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Medic-alert

A non-profit making, registered charity providing a lifesaving identification system for individuals with hidden medical conditions and allergies. This takes the form of body-worn bracelets or necklets bearing the MedicAlert symbol on the disc and supported by a 24-hour emergency telephone service.

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MediPAL

A company providing medical ID cards that show important medical details as well as emergency contact details. All Ambulance services in the UK and many police forces are aware of the service, and will look out for the cards, as they will save time and therefore potentially lives.

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Medi-Tag

Medi-Tag Pendants, Bracelets and Watches are engraved with vital medical and personal details to provide instant information to medical professionals and Emergency Services saving critical seconds in diagnosis and treatment, and in locating next of kin. Optional membership to an international 24 Hour Emergency Telephone Service operated by the NHS Trust allows access to further medical and personal information held on a secure computer database.

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MEkey ICE Tag

A USB powered emergency medical record that you can comfortably wear all the time, at home or on your travels. It is ideal for anybody with allergies or other medical conditions and for anybody who takes part in sports, including skiing, cycling, climbing, hill walking or biking.

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Message in a Bottle

Many Lions Clubs in the British Isles and Ireland are operating the Lions Message in a Bottle scheme. From a pharmacist, or Doctor's surgery you can get a special bottle which contains a form in which you can enter much critical emergency information - medication, next of kin, pets in the house, etc. You keep the bottle in the fridge. The emergency services know to look for it and it can provide them with potentially life saving information should you be incapacitated.

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National Extravasation Information Service

This site aims to be the premier site for information on and reporting of extravasion injuries. Also aims to improve detection, management and hence outcome for extravasation injuries.

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National Patient Safety Agency

Aims to improve the safety and quality of care through reporting, analysing and learning from adverse incidents and 'near misses' involving NHS patients. The NPSA is an independent body created in July 2001.

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Press Don't Panic

Website detailing a small, highly visible, clearly medical, audio device which communicates vital information in a medical emergency - at the press of a button. The device allows the wearer to record a personal message containing emergency procedure and/or essential medical information. This can then be played back whenever the wearer requires assistance. Playback can be initiated by the wearer or by those offering assistance.

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Roadpeace

Provides practical and emotional help to those newly bereaved and injured as a result of a road crash.

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St John Ambulance

Provides back up to local ambulance services during local major emergencies.

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Safer Motorways

This web site is dedicated to improving safety and minimising disruption on motorways in the UK. It will give you details of the latest innovations and developments in motorway safety, as well as link you with all the organisations working to reduce congestion and improve our motorway network.

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Trauma/Illness/Accident

Information from Hands On Scotland.

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Trauma - fluid replacement therapy

A patient guide to complement the NICE guideline of the same name for health professionals.

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UK Trauma Group

A selection of material which gives relevant and helpful information about Post Traumatic Stress Reactions.

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Victim Support

The independent charity which helps people cope with the effects of crime. Provides free and confidential support and information to help you deal with your experience. Also aims to promote and advance the rights of victims and witnesses in all aspects of criminal justice and social policy.

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Victim Support Scotland

For victims of crime. Victim Support provides: free and confidential independent help when you need it, emotional support, practical help, information about compensation, crime prevention and criminal justice procedures, help when attending court. (Also contact addresses for Victim Support England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland).

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Soft Tissue Injury

Information from emc Medicine Guides.

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Traumatic injury

Information from emc Medicine Guides.

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Accidents to children in the home

Information from NHS Choices - the government's patient information portal.

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Cuts and grazes

Information from NHS Choices - the government's patient information portal.

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Sports injuries

Information from NHS Choices - the government's patient information portal.


Further sources / more detailed information

Some non-UK sites

The following list popular non-UK health information sites with content aimed at the general public. They are mainly from the US. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included but these large sites are comprehensive.

More detailed medical information

The following list online sources of more detailed medical information, mainly from the UK. These sites are mainly aimed at health professionals, but are of interest to all. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included, but information about most medical topics can usually be found.

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