Trauma and Neurosurgery

Trauma Services

ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Strategy for Youth (TIPSY)

The TIPSY program is an injury prevention program that is offered to high school students in the Greater Toronto Area.   The program includes tours of the trauma resuscitation room in the Emergency Department and the Allen T. Lambert Trauma/Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (TNICU). 

The program is taught by an inter-professional team of nurses, physicians, and representatives from Toronto Police Services, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and a Voice of Injury Prevention (VIP).  The VIP is a trauma survivor who has sustained a brain or spinal cord injury and recounts first-hand the events leading up to his/her injury, its consequences and lasting effects.

  • SMH is one of two regional trauma centres in Toronto
  • TIPSY is a half day injury prevention program offered throughout the academic year to high school students in the Greater Toronto Area
  • Begins with the understanding that motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury and death for you
  • The focus is on helping youth understand how inexperience, lack of restraint use, drinking/drugging and driving  can result in tragedy on the roadways
  • The program includes tours of the trauma resuscitation area, intensive care area and in-patient unit
  • The lecture component is taught by an inter-professional team of nurses, physicians, representatives from Toronto Police Services, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and a Voice of Injury Prevention (VIP)
  • The VIP is a trauma survivor who has sustained a brain or spinal cord injury and recounts first-hand the events leading to his/her injury, its consequences and lasting effects

View the TIPSY program brochure (1 MB pdf file)

For more information, please contact us at dasilvan@smh.ca or via telephone at: 416-864-6060 Ext.5916.