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This week's reflection

I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it.

Frances Lear

Mock crash demonstrates dangers of impaired driving

June 03, 2015

Edmonton junior high students witnessed first-hand the consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and not wearing a seatbelt at a simulated crash scene. 

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Nursing student Rhyann Soderstrom  is the volunteer victim in the P.A.R.T.Y. Program mock crash at Dan Knott School

The mock collision took place in the parking lot outside of Dan Knott School. It was organized by the P.A.R.T.Y. (Preventing Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth) Program, which is run out of the Misericordia Community Hospital. In order to maximize the impact, the Grade 9 students did not have any warning the mock crash was happening. They were brought out just before first responders arrived on scene with their sirens blaring. 

"We are bringing reality to the students. Not to scare them or shock them, but have them present; really give them information so they can make informed choices," says Marcia Lee, P.A.R.T.Y. Program Coordinator.

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Edmonton Firefighters cut apart the car to try to free the victim in the mock crash. The victim is covered with a blanket to protect her from further injury. 

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The students are brought close enough to the simulation exercise to see the skill and teamwork it takes to save lives. Fire, EMS and police are all working together at the scene.

 

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The first responders keep the exercise as real as possible for maximum impact on the students.

 

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EMS members rush the mock crash victim into the simulated trauma unit set-up in the gymnasium on Dan Knott school, 

 

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Students watch as trauma room staff work on the mock crash patient. Staff determine in addition to her external wounds she probably has a spinal injury. Her mother is called and she is rushed to the operating room.

Because the mock crash takes a lot of coordination and support from a variety of partners including Edmonton Police Service, EMS, fire fighters and trauma staff,  it is only done once a year. However, during the school year, the P.A.R.T.Y. Program reaches 200 Grade 9 students a week with its classes at the Misericordia.

 See some of the news coverage of the day.