ChristianaCare

Trauma Department

Violence Prevention

Violence and gun violence is a local and national tragedy. The ChristianaCare Trauma Department seeks to treat violence in the community by helping people better understand the consequences of violence.

We regularly talk to groups and provide tips about how to prevent violence.

  • Violence is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15-24.

Contact Chaz Molins, LCSW at cmolins@christianacare.org or 302-733-4996 to request a violence prevention speaker for your group.

The engaging session, “Choice Road,” is a 45-90 minute program for adolescents in grades 6-12 which includes the showing of a 15-minute film, “Choice Road: An American Tale.” The actors in the film include local students, police, emergency services, and medical professionals. In the film, a 16-year old boy decides to join a gang. He is shot and becomes a quadriplegic. A ‘credible messenger’ and the program coordinator engage the youth in a open discussion of choices and consequences.

“The Ripple Effect” is a 28 minute documentary filmed at ChristianaCare. The documentary depicts scenes from the trauma bay during actual trauma resuscitations. It also includes an honest interview with a patient who talks about his injuries and how personal choices led to these injuries suffered secondary to violence. Medical professionals including physicians, trauma nurses, family support staff and mental health specialists are interviewed throughout the documentary. A medical professional concludes the program with a discussion of the documentary.

“You Only Live Once” is a re-enactment of a trauma resuscitation inside Christiana Hospital. In the simulation center at Christiana Hospital, a team of trauma nurses and physicians will re-enact the resuscitation of one of our gunshot-wounded patients. This story is true.

During the program, students will see:

  • A trauma resuscitation simulation.
  • A re-enactment of emergency procedures with the use of a mannequin: insertion of various IVs, tubes, surgical procedures and the insertion of other emergency equipment such as breathing tubes and urinary catheters.
  • Artificial blood.

It is not the intent of this program to upset or frighten students, but rather to offer them an honest and unrestricted look at the consequences of violence. It is our hope that after participating in this program, students will be less likely to place themselves in situations in which they might become either the victims or perpetrators of violence.

ChristianaCare Trauma Department
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1320
Newark DE 19718 directions
302-733-4280