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From our friends at Walk San Francisco

Cost of Auto-versus-Pedestrian Injuries in San Francisco
The San Francisco Injury Center for Research and Prevention has released a report tallying the costs of treating pedestrians who have been hit by cars.  The rate of so-called Auto-vs-Pedestrian collisions (AVP) in San Francisco is almost 50% higher than the national average.

The SFIC tracked the treatment of pedestrians hit by cars within San Francisco and added up their costs.  From 2004-2008 that cost was almost $75 million, an average of over $20,000 per injured pedestrian over those five years.

Among the study’s conclusions: “Pedestrian injury carries the intangible price tag of human life and the tangible price tag of health care expenditures. Providing not only an account of where collisions occur but also the monetary cost of the injuries incurred at those sites gives credence to instituting life-saving and cost-saving measures targeting specific locations and specific road traffic issues.”

Read more about the study by visiting this link:
http://sfic.surgery.ucsf.edu/research/cost-of-pedestrian-injury.aspx
Or check out the Fact Sheet (PDF) here:
http://sfic.surgery.ucsf.edu/media/1556083/pedcost.pdf


Take a Survey About a UCSF Research Study

A UCSF research team Is asking Walk SF members to take a short, anonymous survey about a study they’re conducting on Traumatic Brain Injury treatment.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is sudden damage to the brain caused by an outside force to the head – such as a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.  The study, called ProTECT III, is a federally funded research study designed to see if progesterone can reduce the amount of brain damage caused from a traumatic brain injury.

If progesterone helps brain injury patients get better, it will mean a big improvement in TBI treatment!  This study may also help people with brain injury in the future by finding out whether a simple blood test drawn in the ER can help predict who will recover.

UCSF cannot conduct this type of research without the support of the community.  Please complete the survey via the following link to provide critical feedback.
http://sitemaker.umich.edu/protect/community_opinion_survey

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