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National Drowning Prevention Week

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As of today, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept us indoors and isolated for a year and four months. To say it has been a long year would be an understatement. We are all looking for ways enjoy the summer, which means more British Columbians heading outdoors to cool off in rivers, lakes, the ocean and pools. Tragically, we saw a notable increase in drownings during the summer months in 2020….

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Injuries divert essential hospital resources and cost Canadian residents $29.4 billion annually

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Injury remains the no. 1 cause of death for Canadians age 1 to 44, and annually causes 17,475 deaths, 231,530 hospitalizations, and 4.6 million trips to emergency departments: the majority of these injuries are predictable and preventable. TORONTO, July 5, 2021 – Preventable injuries cost the Canadian economy $29.4 billion in a single year, including $20.4 billion in direct health-care costs.  That’s just one of the findings from Potential Lost, Potential…

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National Injury Prevention Day

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Injury prevention is critical to saving lives and reducing disability. Unintentional injury is the No. 1 cause of death for all Canadians ages 1 to 34. On July 5, 2021 the BCIRPU will be celebrating the 5th National Injury Prevention Day. This day is important to us at BCIRPU, because year-round we work to reduce the impact that preventable injuries have on individuals, families and communities in BC. The goal…

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International Safety Media Awards 2021

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This year BCIRPU won several awards for their safety messaging and media. ISMA honours exceptional safety media from around the world. Categories include Print, Web-based, Short and Ultra-Short Videos, and Campaigns. CATT OnlineWebsite GOLD – cattonline.ca Active and SafeWebsite GOLD – activesafe.ca Preventable Ultra-short VideoGOLD- Bike Helmet & Distracted Driving PrintGOLD- Pavement Patty, Alcohol Awareness & Moderation, Changing the Discourse Booklet (All tied for Gold) CampaignSilver- Connecting the Dots Check…

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Playing in the Snow Safely

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With snow and freezing temperatures in the forecast this weekend, make sure you’re prepared before venturing out in the snow. Playing outside is healthy for everyone, but frostbite can put a damper on the fun.

Webinar: An overview of poisonings in British Columbia

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When: Thursday January 28th at 10am PST Hosted by Samantha Pawer, BSc Abstract: Poisoning is an extremely concerning public health issue in British Columbia (BC). Most prominently, opioid-related overdoses have been remarkably high in recent years, prompting the Provincial Health Officer to declare a public health emergency in 2016. Beyond poisoning events involving opioids, work has been undertaken to explore epidemiological trends for all causes of poisoning in BC, and…

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Outdoor play during childcare to become more fulfilling for children with $650k gift to UBC Faculty of Medicine

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The Lawson Foundation announced the launch of the second phase of its Outdoor Play Strategy and an investment of $4.95 million in 8 projects that will benefit Early Learning and Child Care across Canada. The $650,000 investment heralds the launch of Promoting Early Childhood Outside (PRO-ECO): An Outdoor Play Intervention for Children Aged 3 to 5 Years in Early Learning and Child Care Programs led by Dr. Mariana Brussoni, associate…

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New Publications by BCIRPU Scientist

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BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit scientist Dr. Shelina Babul has recently published two new articles about the success of the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) and the importance of concussion symptoms being accessible online. Delivering Evidence-Based Online Concussion Education to Medical and Healthcare Professionals: The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) Stakeholder Recommendations to Increase the Accessibility of Online Health Information for Adults Experiencing Concussion Symptoms