On October 17, World Trauma Day is celebrated around the world by those who have somehow encountered traumatic experiences and dangerous situations. This holiday is especially important for the dissemination of information necessary to save and protect people’s lives in various situations that threaten their lives and health. Over the past 45 years, more people have died from injuries than from tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS.
World Trauma Day was founded in 2011 in the Indian city of New Delhi. On the eve of this, one of the largest traffic accidents occurred in India, as a result of which more than 400 people died. The holiday was created as a day of remembrance for the dead, as well as a reminder of the need to prevent injuries and learn how to provide first aid.
Every year, more than 6 million people die due to injuries of various nature, and this is 10% of the global number of deaths. In 90% of cases, people living in low-income countries are injured, but no one is immune from dangerous situations. We are talking about psychological violence, traffic accidents, fires, natural disasters, armed attacks and so on.
- in 1848, railway worker Phineas Gage accidentally stuck a metal rod in his head, but was operated on and survived, and lived for another 12 years, but died at the age of 36 during an epileptic seizure;
- in the final of the football championship in 1956, the goalkeeper played with a broken neck: 15 minutes before the end of the match, a Manchester City player received a knee in the neck from the Birmingham striker, but was able to play the match that brought his team victory;
- On the set of Troy, Brad Pitt played Achilles and actively trained with a sword, as a result of which he injured his own Achilles tendon.
How to celebrate
The holiday can be devoted to self-education and preparation for a collision with potentially dangerous situations. It is quite difficult to prepare for all possible dangers, but a person can, firstly, observe safety precautions at home and on the street, and not violate traffic rules. He can collect a first aid kit with drugs and supplies necessary for first aid in case of poisoning, allergies, cuts, fractures. Also on this day, you can help other people make their lives safer by talking on social networks or on a personal blog about how to protect yourself in case of natural disasters, terrorist attacks or other dangerous incidents.
When is World Trauma Day celebrated in 2022?
World Trauma Day is observed on October 17 each year.