Programs at Kootenai Health
Our commitment to injury prevention for people of all ages is an integral part of our commitment to the community.
Part of Kootenai Health’s trauma designation is a commitment to building awareness and preventing the most common injuries reported in our region. Here are details on our current injury prevention programs for people of all ages.
Safe Sleep – All new parents are provided education on safe sleep practices before leaving the hospital to prevent sudden infant death syndrome. Additionally, all babies born at Kootenai Health are provided a sleep sack to take home for continued safe sleep practices.
Helmet Safety – We provide helmet safety education and helmet inspections during our regular school and community events. Injury Prevention works with the Kootenai Foundation to provide helmets to children in need. While there is no concussion-proof helmet, a bike helmet can help protect your child or teen from a serious brain or head injury. Come to one of our many helmet safety events or find more resources on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury.
Water Safety – We work with the local Kootenai County Sheriff’s department to provide loaner life jackets at regional boat launches along with safety education for children. Kootenai Health also supports the third-grade swim program offered through the Kroc Center.
Car Seat Safety – We provide regular car seat checks for the community. Make an appointment by calling (208) 625-4642.
Think First – Think first is a national injury prevention program geared toward reducing brain and spinal cord injury in teens and young adults. More information is available at thinkfirst.org
Balance and Fitness – Patients at Kootenai Health who are at risk for falls are provided fall prevention education to help reduce their risks of falling while in the hospital and after discharge. Additionally, Kootenai Health hosts a Balance and Fitness class to build strength and endurance.
If you’re missing fall prevention classes due to COVID-19, you can find some great free resources and videos on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website.
Stop the Bleed– Uncontrolled bleeding is a leading cause of preventable death. You can help save a life by knowing how to stop bleeding if someone, including yourself, is injured. Free classes are available for individuals, groups, schools, and businesses in the area. Please check our event calendar for the next available class or contact Injury Prevention directly with any questions. Visit stopthebleed.org for more information.
Resources for Families
If you have questions about injury prevention, please call (208) 625-5722.