Trauma Center Acquires Simulator Designed to Mimic Driving Distracted

May 26, 2016

Ramona Rodriguez, R.N., B.S.N., program manager for the WVU Medicine Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center, demonstrates the One Simple Decision computer simulator, which the Center recently purchased to teach high school students about the dangers of driving under the influence and distracted driving.
Credit WVU Medicine

WVU Medicine Trauma Center has acquired a computer simulator that mimics driving distracted or under the influence of alcohol. The device is designed for youth ages 14-21 and will be used in collaboration with an existing initiative “Trauma Nurses Talk Tough.”

A $5,000 State Farm Insurance grant and a network of sponsors funded the $11,000 purchase. The simulator has debuted at Morgantown high school and will be taken to other high schools, health fairs, universities and public events.


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