The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is a one-day field trip for teenagers that occurred on Oct 5, 2016 in Naicam, SK. It is described as a vivid clinical reality which is a strikingly graphic and intense observation that is either live and/or video and/or photographic in nature that replicates the true experience of an individual who requires or has received medical treatment for traumatic injuries. This true-to-life experience can offer multi-sensorial stimuli which can produce powerful feelings, strong mental images and physical, visceral reactions. The reactions from this experience can often be the educational catalyst that is the source of positive changes to unhealthy risk-taking behaviors and choices. Their day follows the painful journey of a trauma patient from pre-hospital care through to rehabilitation.
- An EMS presentation
- An Emergency Physician presentation
- Tours through Emergency Units and Funeral Home scenario
- Lunch scenario with an Occupational Therapist
- A presentation from the RCMP and a presentation by a young Survivor who was the victim of someone else’s risk-taking behavior
Students attending were provided lunch. They ate with special devices to help simulate brain and spinal cord injury. We want to help the teens understand how difficult a simple task like eating can become when you are injured.
The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is offered to teenagers free of charge. The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is an overwhelming success. Response from teenagers, parents, teachers and community agencies has been extremely positive. The P.A.R.T.Y. program prevents tragedy.
Thank you to Carl Peterson (Fire Chief) and all volunteer Firemen; Corrine Dauk (Ambulance Coordinator) and EMRs; Constable Greg Dale; Harold Narfasson (Mortician); Ruth Warkentin, Karen Voldeng, Helen Obrigewitch (victims); Vera Flath, Renae Grigo (mock E.R. staff); Town of Naicam for free use of the Town Hall and Ambulance Training Centre; Kelsey Trail Health Region PHC Leadership Team (Kelly Crozon, Coordinator) for providing pizzas and beverages for lunch; M&M for preparing the pizzas and their donation of a free pizza; Perry Zenner for providing the tow truck and crash vehicles and to Chris Chudyk, VP at Naicam School and all of the students participating in the program.
With the terrible weather conditions, our invited guest speaker was unable to attend, but we would like to give a heartfelt “thank you” to Vera Flath for filling in and giving her presentation as the mother of a youth who was injured as a result of risk taking behavior as well as her experiences as an EMT with the Naicam Ambulance.
This program is offered every two years.