As I was researching this week’s blog topic I found out that the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) is one organization that is working to help reduce motor vehicle injuries. The AAAM is an international, non-profit education and research organization dedicated entirely to motor vehicle crash injury prevention and improving highway safety around the world.
The Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine was founded in 1957 by the Medical Advisory Committee to the Sports Car Club of America by six practicing physicians whose love of motor racing brought them together at major race events and led to their desire to standardize the medical aspects of racing. They recognized the need for clinicians to be directly involved in public policies and programs governing injury control for the general motoring public.
In 1964, the AAAM bylaws were rewritten to give full and equal membership status to professionals who were not physicians. This action recognized that understanding injury and its prevention requires a broad-based approach. According their website their “strength lies in its membership representing medicine, engineering, biomechanics, law, education, and public policy. This combination of clinical, research and administrative backgrounds forms a unique blend of leaders in traffic injury control . . .”
AAAM has collaborated with various organizations, such as the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, on research projects. They have helped further develop safety regulations for driver licensing, medical impairment for drivers and safety belts. AAAM publishes and updates the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS), a widely used description system for individual injuries. AIS-Code is on a scale of one to six, one being a minor injury and six being life-threatening.
They have been holding an Annual Scientific Conference since 1957. It’s an open forum for the presentation of new and continuing research and for the discussion of contemporary issues related to automotive medicine. The proceedings have been published and have gained a reputation for being an authoritative collection of state-of-the-art research findings in crash injury research and other important topics relevant to automotive medicine.
It’s nice to know that there are dedicated organizations such as AAAM that are working to prevent motor vehicle accidents through research and collaborative efforts. Hopefully, through their research and advocacy, we will continue to see innovations and improvements in automobile safety.