PARTY program urges Island teens to learn tough lessons from misery of others

October 3, 2016
Mount Doug student made up to look like a trauma victim

When Emergency physician Jeff Eisen shows graphic crash and injury photos to grade ten students, he tells them he’s not trying to scare them into better behaviour, but he hopes they will learn from the tragic consequences. “I want you to learn lessons from these people’s mistakes,” Eisen says. “It is a lot less painful that way.”

Eisen volunteers to make the presentation to high school students as part of Island Health’s PARTY program – Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth. This year, he’s updated his presentation with new images and examples, which he says are far too easy to find in his role as an Emergency Physician. “I have a daughter in Grade 11, so when I see young people come into Emergency as a consequence of their choices, it hits home for me,” Eisen says. “I see the PARTY program as an opportunity to help young people see the potential for disaster, and avoid it.”

During the program, which takes place at hospitals across Vancouver Island, teens follow a crash victim from an accident scene through the health system, including the morgue. They hear from first responders and health care professionals the impact the cases have on them, and on the families of crash victims.

Learn more about the PARTY program.
Watch a video about PARTY.

PHOTO: A Mount Doug student is made up to look like a trauma victim, and during the PARTY program, an emergency room nurse describes to students the extent of injuries, and the actions medical staff will take to try to save him.