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 regular helmet safety inspections (ski, motorcycle/atv and bicycle) at our Helmet Rodeos and give helmets to children in need. Upcoming rodeos will be listed on our event calendar.
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.
Distracted Driving – We provide education to young adults at local schools about the dangers of distracted driving. If you are interested in scheduling a talk at your local school, please call (208) 625-5722.
Fall Prevention – 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 Education Courses
Kootenai Health’s Trauma Services teams is certified to teach the Stop the Bleed: Bleeding Control Basic class to the public. This course demonstrates how anyone can help save a life after a trauma by stopping bleeding after an injury. The curriculum was developed by the Office of Homeland Security.
Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. The greater the number of people who know how to control bleeding in an injured patient, the greater the chances of surviving that injury. You can help save a life by knowing how to stop bleeding if someone, including yourself, is injured.
Kootenai Health offers this class free to the public multiple times throughout the year. Please check our event calendar for the next available class.
Resources for Families
If you have questions about injury prevention, please call (208) 625-5722.