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Sim Center Stages Accident for Teen Driving Program

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Cedars-Sinai hosted students from Beverly Hills High School who participated in a staged accident to promote better driving habits.

Two bloodied teenagers from Beverly Hills High School arrived in a pair of ambulances at Cedars-Sinai on a recent Monday morning. Firefighters placed the injured teens on stretchers and rushed away the victims of a drunk driving accident.

It was a terrifying scene — until someone yelled, "Cut."

Fortunately, the accident was staged and the teenagers had been professionally made up with fake wounds and blood. The scene was part of a high school program called "Every 15 Minutes," which graphically re-creates the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.

The two teens were brought into the Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills, where doctors and nurses role played. They intubated the patients and performed other emergency procedures.

"It felt so real, it was shocking," said Maia Yosef, a Beverly Hills High School student who played one of the victims. In the scenario, she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The event was filmed and will be shown to other students as part of a safe driving campaign.

"I wanted to be a part of this because I know it saves lives," added Yosef. Her message to students: "Be responsible, be safe and make good decisions."

The Geri and Richard Brawerman Nursing Institute and the Department of Surgery’s Trauma Program once again collaborated with Beverly Hills High School this year to help present the awareness program.

"Along with supporting our community, our participation in this events helps Cedars-Sinai meet the requirements for ongoing certification as a Level 1 trauma center and supports our mission to improve the health status of the community we serve," said Brett A. Dodd, BSN, RN, a trauma education, injury prevention and outreach coordinator with the Department of Surgery.