A group of Grade 10 students from Fort Frances High School participated in the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program held at La Verendrye Hospital on March 30.
This program consists of a one-day workshop in which students experience the hardships and difficulties of being injured.
Tragic consequences can result from dangerous behaviour such as speeding, drinking and driving, or texting while driving.
Early education about the consequences of risk-taking behaviour will enable youth to recognize potential injury-producing situations, to make informed prevention-oriented choices about activities, and to adopt behaviours and actions that minimize risk.
Students who participate in the P.A.R.T.Y. program meet the professionals who would be involved with them in a trauma situation.
Paramedics, OPP officers, first responders, emergency room nurses and doctors, and therapists assist the students to experience the difficult journey of a trauma patient.
Facts are presented about brain and spinal cord injury, and the students have hands-on experience with the equipment used in trauma care and rehabilitation.
The students also have the opportunity to listen to the personal experience of an injury survivor.
Since the inception of P.A.R.T.Y. programs in 1986, there have been many studies documenting the efficacy of what is known to be a life-changing experience aiding to prevent young people from ending up with a traumatic injury.
The March, 2011 edition of The Journal of Trauma published a 10-year analysis (1992-2004) on the Effectiveness of the P.A.R.T.Y. Program in Preventing Traumatic Injuries, and concluded that the program effectively reduced the incidence of traumatic injuries among its participants.
The P.A.R.T.Y. program currently is offered in several countries around the globe, including Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories.