The Injury Prevention Program
The Injury Prevention Program’s goal is to decrease risky behaviour and traumatic injury. It promotes prevention through collaborative partnerships, presentations, workshops, kiosks, campaigns and community events.
High schools from the Greater Montreal area are invited to partake in an educational tour of the Dr. David S. Mulder Trauma Centre. The tour includes interactive lessons given by medical professionals, ranging from physicians and nurses to medical technicians, who encounter cases of traumatic injuries on a daily basis. Students are privy to the trajectory of the trauma patient through simulation and a tour of the Trauma Bay, the CT scanning area, the Operating Floor and the Intensive Care Unit.
“By making people aware that most accidents are in fact not accidental but actually preventable, people may exercise more caution when making daily decisions. Young people make up only 10% of all licensed drivers, yet they account for 25% of motor vehicle crashes.” ‒ Tara Grenier, Injury Prevention Program Coordinator.
To date, the award winning program has recruited some 200 student ambassadors, in partnership with the Longueuil Agglomeration Police Service and the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec. In the 2016-2017 school year, ten high schools participated in the High School Ambassador Program. The objective is to continue growing this initiative in the future by offering it to more schools in more districts with the goal of saving more lives and changing attitudes toward risky behaviour.