April 11 to 17, 2021 was declared ‘Trauma Awareness Week’ by the Province of British Columbia. The week is an opportunity to build public awareness of the impact of traumatic injury, highlight the continuum of care from prevention to community reintegration, and create a voice of compassion and solidarity from the trauma community on behalf of patients and their families.
In British Columbia, 750,000 people are injured each year. Of those 750,000 injured, about 1,800 die from their injuries, and roughly 9,000 who survive suffer permanent disability and face an ongoing recovery process. Ninety percent of injuries are both predictable and preventable. Click here to learn more about the ongoing injury prevention work at Vancouver General Hospital and across BC.
This Trauma Awareness Week, we would like particularly to acknowledge the incredible work of our healthcare staff who provide care to those who experience a traumatic injury. Thank you for everything you do! #TraumaAwareBC