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Media contact: Jennifer Tornetta, 609-569-7010, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 

For Immediate Release:  October 24, 2012

Who:  Approximately 30 students

What:  To attend AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s first Prevention in 3D program

When:  Friday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (Agenda in Details)

Where: AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus,
1925 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City; various locations.

Details: The Harrah’s Regional Trauma Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center will host its first Prevention in 3D education program. Approximately 30 Pleasantville High School students will participate in the educational program ARMC developed as a community benefit aimed at preventing death and injury from drinking, driving and drugs. Representatives of AtlantiCare, the Absecon Police Department, and Gift of Life Donor Program will address the students, as will Miss Atlantic County 2013, Lindsey Giannini.
“Our goal is to help young adults identify potential injury-producing situations, make prevention-based choices, and refrain from risky behaviors,” said Monica Titus, RN, Trauma and Neurosciences Institute programs director.
“These students will have the unique, outside-the-classroom learning opportunity to experience what happens when someone suffers traumatic injury,” explained Kelly Willman, MD, Trauma surgeon, ARMC, who will lead the students on a tour of the hospital, including the hospital’s helipad, blood bank, Trauma admitting area and morgue. “Traumatic injuries are often the result of 3D behavior on the part of the injured person or another person. We will explain the often devastating consequences of 3D behaviors.” Willman said the students will interact with and observe the hospital’s Trauma and Critical Care teams as they provide care to a simulated patient with traumatic, 3D-related injuries.
Students will learn about
• Anatomy and physiology of the brain and spinal cord
• Effects of drugs and alcohol use
• What happens to the body when a traumatic injury occurs/mechanics of injuries
• A day in the life of a trauma patient
• Life after traumatic injuries
• Dangers of texting and driving
• Impact of organ donation

Agenda/speakers will be
• 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. – Monica Titus, RN, Trauma and Neurosciences Institute programs director will welcome students and give an overview of ARMC’s 3D Program
• 9:15- a.m. to 10 a.m. - Detective John Deritis, Absecon Police Department, will discuss demonstrate the effects alcohol and discuss how drugs and alcohol impact safe driving.
• 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – John Bergen, NREMT-P, CFRN, CCRN, clinical coordinator, ARMC Emergency Medical Services, will discuss what ARMC’s emergency medical technicians and paramedics have experienced in caring for victims and perpetrators of risky behavior that results in traumatic injury.
• 10:45 to noon - Kelly Willman, MD, ARMC Trauma surgeon, will lead students on a hospital tour that includes a visit to hospital’s helipad, trauma admitting area, blood bank, Trauma Intensive Care Unit and morgue. This will include a demonstration by the Trauma team using a simulated (mechanical) patient.
• Noon to 12:45 p.m. – Lunch presentation by Todd Franzen, MPA, senior coordinator, Community Relations, Gift of Life Donor Program, will discuss the life-saving impact organ donation has and the value of designating oneself as a donor, rather than leaving the decision to family members.
• 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Lindsey Giannini, Miss Atlantic County 2013, will discuss her personal awareness campaign, “Don’t Text and Drive, Stay Alive.”

Prevention in 3D is one of many educational opportunities for both the community and health care providers ARMC’s Trauma Team offers, which include, but are not limited to:
• Fall Prevention program for seniors – focuses on medication, falls prevention and other safety issues affecting seniors.
• Infant Swimming Resource Aquatic self-rescue™ instruction for children six months to six years of age (fee required).

Professional educational venues the Trauma Center offers include, but are not limited to:
• Annual Trauma Symposium for healthcare professionals and volunteers, focusing on advances in trauma and emergency medicine (fee required).
• Monthly Emergency Medical Services Education Series – Monthly Educational for Emergency Medical Services Professionals to gain educational credit.
• Trauma, Triage & Transport classes for Emergency Medical Services classes as needed review New Jersey State Triage Guidelines for treatment and transport of patients with traumatic injuries.
• Weekly Grand Rounds physician presentations in the hospital open to all care providers, regardless of where they work.
• Community hospital presentations on various topics related to care and/or transport of trauma patient – as requested.
• Annual Lifeguards Safe Attitudes and Valiant Efforts (SAVE) event in collaboration with the Life Rolls On™ Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for paid and volunteer lifeguards throughout New Jersey.

About ARMC’s Trauma Center
ARMC is one of ten trauma centers in the state. It is one of seven Level II trauma centers. As a Level II trauma centers expected to provide definitive trauma care, regardless of the severity of injury. Level II trauma centers have most of the clinical capabilities of a Level I. Level II trauma centers are required to participate in trauma research conducted by the Level Is and to sponsor public and provider educational programs in cooperation with the Level I centers. Level II trauma centers must treat a minimum of 350 patients per year.

ARMC’s Trauma Center at AtlantiCare is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year by trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, trauma nurses, respiratory therapists, on-call consultants and vital support services, including transfusion services, laboratory services and diagnostic radiology.  


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