OGHS Continues to Make an Impact


Opelousas General Health System

Continues to Make an Impact

            Opelousas, LA, January 23, 2014, Opelousas General Health System and the Interim LSU Public Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center continue to provide “Sudden Impact” classes for high school sophomores.  The program is dedicated to the prevention of injuries and fatalities related to driving under the influence or distracted and emphasize the importance of seat belt usage. Today’s students were from Sacred Heart Academy and Berchman’s Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau.

            Studies show that drivers 16 to 19 years of age are four times more likely to get into a fatal crash than drivers 25 to 69 years of age and 50% of teenagers involved in a fatal crash were not wearing a seatbelt.   “It is a commitment to our community to provide this program to our youth to try to decrease fatalities and traumatic injuries from car crashes, especially those caused by driving under the influence, distracted or not wearing seatbelts.  It is our sincere hope that we can use this program to enable our teens to make smarter decisions when faced with peer pressure and risky situations,” said Dr. Nicole “Gus” Lafleur, Emergency Department Medical Director.  This program identifies risky behaviors and common situations that really hit home with kids,” she added.

            Students attending the “Sudden Impact” class will complete a pre-test, post-test and six month follow up test to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.  While in class they will hear a presentation from Louisiana State Troop I officials, the mother of a teen crash victim, the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), hospital nursing staff and from a trauma victim.  They will also visit the ER trauma center and the Intensive Care Unit.

            The primary goal of “Sudden Impact” is to prevent injuries and fatalities from driving impaired and/or unrestrained. The program offers a multidisciplinary approach to educate and offer alternatives to risk taking behaviors that result in injury or death.         

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