Impact (Informing teens. Preventing injuries) is an in-school and in-hospital presentation by the staff of London Health Science’s Centre’s Injury Prevention Team and in partnership with Middlesex-London EMS, London Police Services, Thames Valley District School Board, and St. Joseph’s Health Care London.
The presentation is designed for grade 11 students about the social, economic and health outcomes of risk-taking behaviours. Presentations include first-hand accounts of risk taking and provides students with the tools necessary to make informed decisions when faced with a challenge.
Two customizable formats of Impact are available and work well in tandem, In-School and In-Hospital. Impact has reached over 10,000 students in-hospital and over 22,000 students in-schools
Impact In-School is tailored towards the specific needs of each individual class. Students will take advantage of our anonymous “clicker” system to identify the most important issues to them. Some of the topics that can be discussed are: Alcohol and Partying; Marijuana; Distracted Driving; Party Drugs; and several other choices that put youth at higher risk for injury.
Open dialogue is promoted in order to engage students in discussion of issues they perceive to be a concern within their schools.
Impact reaches more than 4,500 students each year.
Impact In-Hospital (At LHSC) is designed to represent the journey of a trauma patient. Students will travel through the journey of someone who has been injured and will hear first-hand accounts from hospital staff.
The tour starts at Victoria Hospital, LHSC with EMS (paramedics) and an ambulance tour. Groups of students will also tour the Emergency department, the Critical Care Trauma Centre, and Respiratory Therapy with hospital staff.
In the afternoon, students will continue their tour at Parkwood hospital. While at Parkwood, students will have the opportunity to experience life after injury through simulations. Guest speakers will share their stories and challenges as well.
Spinal cord injuries and brain injuries are common, that result from crashes or other accidents. These injuries can leave you with diet and food restrictions for the rest of their life. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a simulation to experience what it’s like to live with these types of injuries.