Students learn about trauma prevention

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — These students aren’t hurt, but it’s a chance for them to see what it could be like injured and inside an ambulance.

“It kind of made me think how like, how intense it could be and how people probably feel just seeing their loved ones in that position,” said 13-year-old Andy Riggs.

It’s the first time middle-schoolers have been able to take part in Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Prevention Program. The goal is to encourage students to make wise and smart choices to prevent trauma in youth.

“Most of what happens to kids are preventable accidents. So, we want to prevent them from hitting their heads and want them to make smart decisions, wear your helmet, things like that,” said Lori Morgan, an injury prevention specialist at Memorial Hospital

Students from Falcon Middle School got to see a little bit of everything.

“It’s hard to explain, it was cool and weird at the same time of being able to see blood,” said 11-year-old Ray Loftin.

Program organizers said this trip for students can also open up interests in careers in the medical field.

“When I’m older I want to be able to do something to help people. If feel as if I can study maybe blood in a sense, or just something, I can help people by doing that,” said 13-year-old Kalyn Ohlrich.

“We’re trying to get the message out there, that they need to use some common sense, think about what they’re doing and to use protective equipment when it’s available for them, so that we don’t see them here in the trauma center,” Morgan said.

Memorial Hospital will see a total of 40 students from Falcon Middle School. Program organizers said they hope this starts a conversation at home with parents about safe behavior.

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