P.A.R.T.Y. program promotes injury prevention

“P.A.R.T.Y.” days at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital are over once again for this school year marking the 11th year of this injury prevention program. A program that originally started in 1987 at Sunnybrook Hospital, P.A.R.T.Y. is now being conducted in many communities throughout Canada and the United States.

In Windsor, the program started in 1994 in partnership with the Sandwich Community Health Centre and targeted only a small catchment area. However, the popularity of the program spread quickly and soon was being offered throughout the city and county.

Since 2001, the program has been solely the responsibility of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital and is supported by approximately twenty very dedicated staff. The hospital administration is committed to provide the program as part of the MOHLTC mandate of a Lead Trauma Hospital to conduct injury prevention.

The reality based, hands-on program takes the students through a simulated journey with injured patients and family and focuses on consequences of risk taking behaviors and making wise choices. The message is positive and empowers students to take control of their lives and their behavior. The “stupid line” concept introduced by Smartrisk and the messages to Drive Sober, Buckle Up, Look First, Wear the Gear, and Get Trained are key components. Finally, the idea that injuries are not “accidents” but are predictable and preventable is strongly stressed.

Through role playing, a mock trauma code, tour of the ICU and ER, presentation from OPP, Paramedics, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and finally an injury survivor, the students are immersed in this day long event.