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What is the leading cause of injury-related death in teenagers?

A. Motor vehicle collision
B. Suicide
C. Fall
D. Abuse
E. Drowning

  

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The P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program is a one-day, in-hospital, injury awareness and prevention program for youth age 16 and older. Developed in 1986 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, this program is a vital component of the growing community effort to reduce death and injury in alcohol, drug and risk-related crashes and incidents.

The goal of P.A.R.T.Y. is to provide young people with information about trauma (injury) that will enable them to recognize potential injury-producing situations, make prevention-oriented choices, and adopt behaviours that minimize unnecessary risk.

Students follow the course of injury from occurrence, through transport, treatment, rehabilitation and community re-integration. They interact with a team of health care professionals and EMS that includes a paramedic, a police officer, nurses, and a physician.

The students are given information about:
  • basic anatomy and physiology,
  • the mechanics of injury,
  • the effect that alcohol or drugs have on decision making, risk assessment, concentration and co-ordination,
  • the nature of injuries that can be repaired, and those that cannot, and
  • the effect of injury on families, finances and future plans.

The P.A.R.T.Y. team also includes people who have been injured, some still in acute care, others in rehabilitation, and some returned home. They provide a personal perspective on the challenge of dealing with injury and "putting one's life back on track."

The program concludes with a challenge to the participants to become individually and collectively committed to promoting behaviours and activities that minimize the risk of injury. Students report that the experience is "eye-opening and positive", and "a must for all young people".


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