Prevention of an injury is always better than curing one that’s already occurred. Doctors believe that it is an important part of public policy to educate people on ways to remain safe, in both developed and developing countries. Such programs require a national effort, building community awareness, and policies that promote both political and public education in order to reduce the number of injuries from occurring.
Such a program was undertaken by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) in the mid-1980s, called the ‘Think First Prevention Program’. Its goal was to alter risky behavior with a study course aimed at youth. It reinforced public education methods and also sought to influence government policy. Neurosurgeons and lay members would give lectures, show videos, and even made a film called ‘Harm’s Way’.
The most common means of sustaining a head injury remains transport-related accidents, according to studies. Thus, the main focus of such educational efforts focuses on changing the environment in which the motorist, pedal cyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian operates. Public awareness programs can be used to both raise public awareness or to insist upon better public safety standards. Such policies have shown success in car advertisement, for example. Car safety as become as big, or a bigger, selling point for cars than the capacity for speed or power. Airbags and reinforced passenger capsules are options that are now standard in most vehicle models whenever possible. Hospitals in Nassau and Suffolk are aware of these situations.