Injury is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in British Columbia and across Canada. Injuries have a profound effect on individuals, families, hospitals and society at large because they cause tremendous medical, psychosocial and financial burdens.
The need for a comprehensive injury prevention strategy is clear. Trauma systems play an important role in responding to injury as a public health threat.
In an effective trauma system, trauma care is organized through the entire spectrum of care delivery from injury prevention to prehospital, hospital and rehabilitation services for the injured person.
A public health approach to injury prevention:
- Recognizes that injury continues to be a burden on society for all ages
- Relies on data driven problem identification, evidence-informed strategy implementation and evaluation
- Recognizes the importance of building and strengthening partnerships with regional, provincial and national organizations and agencies across diverse sectors
- Focuses on the health of all residents and is oriented toward improving health outcomes
VCH 2014 Injury Profile
The 2014 Injury Profile report, Burden and Cause of Injuries in Vancouver Coastal Health region, examines the descriptive epidemiology of injuries in our health region with the purpose of enabling injury prevention priorities to be informed by community burden.
British Columbia Casebook of Injury Prevention
To support communities, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) produced the British Columbia Casebook of Injury Prevention, a highly visual, online resource with useful charts and info graphics that help make the case for injury prevention. The Casebook includes nine high quality examples of injury prevention in action from the health authorities and demonstrates positive return on investment in injury prevention initiatives.
The British Columbia Casebook of Injury Prevention was supported by the Provincial Health Services Authority, Fraser Health, Interior Health, Island Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, First Nations Health Authority and Parachute Canada.