PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The annual trauma awareness ceremony took place Thursday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jill Kingsland is a trauma survivor and she attends the annual trauma awareness ceremony to catch up with the staff who helped her make it through a car accident she was involved in 15 years ago.
“They usually typically honor what they refer to as their great saves and to be a great save is to be someone who had a lot of different injuries and to have overcome great hardship,” Kingsland says not only does she thank the staff, she also goes to meet other trauma victims and encourage them through their recovery.
“They were actually noting that the highest incidence of trauma that they see come into the trauma center is for falls and then after that is for motor vehicle accidents, followed by things like gunshot wounds and stabbings.”
The event takes place during trauma awareness week. Organizers say the point is to raise awareness that trauma is sudden, unexpected, and can happen to anyone.
Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio