By: Kim Boyer, RN, Administrator, Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Services
With over 234,000 children involved in preventable trauma-related accidents and deaths each year in the United States, the Tallahassee Memorial Trauma Center has developed “Pathways to Prevention,” a program designed for local schools, to educate youth about safety concerns and precautions.
At TMH, we have designed this program so it can be customized for all age groups throughout elementary, middle and high schools by creating two separate learning experiences, Operation Awareness Presentations and Operation Distraction Events.
Operation Awareness Presentations feature a detailed overview of prevention information and can include interactive activities and a question and answer session. The presentation topics can highlight a range of safety practices, based on preference and the student’s age, including ATV safety, bicycle safety, crossing the street, distracted driving, horseplay, sports injuries and more.
Operation Distraction Events, focusing on the results of drinking and driving or texting and driving, include a simulated car accident with an actual crash site. The events are coordinated with local law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical services to create a realistic experience.
We’re excited to partner with Leon County Schools and to be a resource to their students. Our goal is to prevent future occurrences and to do so by fostering the understanding that choices made in an instance can have a lifetime impact. In a recent press release regarding the program, Superintendent Jackie Pons said, “The safety of our students is our top priority. Anytime we can partner with such an outstanding organization as TMH to work on a program that can educate our students about developing safe habits, it’s a major win for our community.”