Research common accidents in an effort to prevent them.
What does a Trauma Epidemiologist do?
Consider the myriad products on store shelves today. Many of them were developed because of accidents and injuries.
Take car seats, for example. At some point, someone realized that children might be safer if they were harnessed in. So Inventors, product development teams, and Trauma Epidemiologists studied the probable outcomes and injuries until they were able to design a system that maximized protection.
Trauma Epidemiologists not only evaluate product safety, but also work as forensic detectives. When someone is injured or killed in an accident, it’s your job as a Trauma Epidemiologist to collect information, perform exams, and make an educated guess about what the cause of the injury was. Anything from a blow to the head to a seat belt injury fall within your expertise.
You’re acutely familiar with the human body and how it reacts to disease, illness, and injury. In fact, many Trauma Epidemiologists are Doctors. Regardless of your exact title, your goal is to investigate the cause of accidents and illnesses so that you can recommend changes that will protect people in the future.
You acquire your results through research. That often means interviewing victims, so put on your people-person hat because you need to be able to express ideas, listen, and communicate. You ask a series of questions and, using the answers, come up with a cause. Then you use that information to help formulate safety policies for workplaces, schools, and the population as a whole.