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Project READY give youth an opportunity to experience the consequences of risk-taking

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At Prisma Health–Midlands, we believe that since risk-taking is a natural part of adolescence, our youth need the opportunity to see the consequences of their choices. Project READY (Realistic Education about Dying Young), a reality-based injury prevention program, exposes teens and young adults ages 13-21 to the Prisma Health Richland Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center and the physical and emotional outcomes of risk-taking behaviors and traumatic injury.

During a Project READY session, participants will:

· Talk with trauma surgeons and Emergency Room doctors

· Touch and feel the real equipment used to treat injuries in the operating room

· See inside a real emergency room, trauma bay and morgue

· Interact with physical, occupational, and speech therapists and experience firsthand the daily challenges experienced by injured trauma patients

Presentation topics include risk behaviors that lead to traumatic injury such as gun violence, domestic violence, distracted driving, reckless driving, driving under the influence, alcohol and substance use, and methods to prevent and protect ourselves from injury, such as weapons safety, seat belt use and helmet use.

2019-20 Project READY Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019; Saturday Dec. 7, 2019; and Saturday, April 4, 2020.

All sessions will be held at the Prisma Health Richland Hospital auditorium, 5 Richland Medical Park Drive, Columbia, South Carolina, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Interested in attending an upcoming session? Registration opens six (6) weeks before each Project READY session. To register, call Care Call at 296-CARE (296-2273). Registration is required to participate. For more information, contact Lara Peck, Injury Prevention Coordinator, 803-434-6231 or Lara.Peck@PrismaHealth.org.

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