Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program focusing on high school juniors and seniors, which challenges them to think about driving while drunk, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions. The emotionally charged nationwide program utilizes the creation of a video and mock accident demonstration related to the consequences of driving drunk or distracted. The people featured in the video are real members of the community where the video is filmed and screened.
The EMS Relations and Community Outreach team at out hospital served as advisors on the community planning committee for this event in 2019. Our hospital provided a venue for filming scenes some of trauma and surgery scenes. We were also able to utilize this time as a trauma drill for our hospital providers and team members.
After the initial showing for local high school students, our hospital also led planning for a free community screening, which welcomed over 250 additional attendees. The community screening was planned in collaboration with Grafton High School, Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department and Starting Point. Our community’s video is still available for viewing on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnUtaNPJDao and has been viewed over 53,000 times.