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Trauma Prevention and Outreach

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Every 15 Minutes

Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program targeting high school juniors and seniors and focusing on the risks associated with underage drinking.  The teens witness the consequences of a staged drunk driving crash and are challenged to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, and the impact their decisions have on family, friends and many others.

The trauma prevention program and the emergency department have been actively involved with Every 15 Minutes since 1997. The hospital staff performs a mock resuscitation of the teens that are transported to our emergency department from the staged drunk driving crash.  The life like images of injuries and death are filmed along with the staged crash scene and shown at the high school assembly the following day.  These powerful assemblies encourage teens to consider the consequences of their choices.

Every 15 Minutes is funded by the Office of Traffic Safety through mini-grants from the California Highway Patrol.  For more information about bringing Every 15 Minutes to your high school, call the CHP division office in your area.