The atrium at Victoria and Children's Hospital, LHSC is lit up in green today to recognize National Injury Prevention Day.
July 6, 2020
In collaboration with Parachute Canada, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is joining the effort to raise awareness about preventable injuries. As the lead Regional Trauma Centre for Southwestern Ontario, LHSC treats those most severely injured, and often, the injuries treated are both preventable and predictable.
The purpose behind Parachute’s National Injury Prevention Day is to engage the public and educate Canadians on predictable and preventable injuries to ensure they’re live long, full lives. Preventable injury is the number one cause of death for people ages 1-34 years and cost the Canadian economy $27 billion annually. In fact, 73% of deaths in teens aged 15-19 years, are the result of preventable injuries.
In the summer of 2019, LHSC treated 252 patients for traumatic injuries:
- About 76 per cent of trauma patients were male
- August was the month of peak injuries with 99 severe trauma patients
Just under half of all trauma patients were as a result of a motor vehicle collision and another quarter a result of falls (either from slips, trips, or heights).
LHSC’s Injury Prevention team would like to remind everyone that the majority of injuries are preventable and a few safety tips can ensure that everyone keeps safe while enjoying activities outdoors:
Safe driving – Remain focused on the driving task. Do not allow yourself to become distracted while driving. When you are out on the road, please consider the other users, especially those who are more vulnerable (pedestrians, cyclists), always drive sober, and be sure to obey the speed limits.
Wheeled activities (bicycling, rollerblading, skateboarding) – Wear the gear - every time. Although it is the law in Ontario that children and adolescents, under the age of 18, must wear a bicycle helmet while riding a bicycle on roadways or sidewalks, we recommend all adults also wear a helmet to protect their brain. Wear it right - A helmet should fit two-fingers above the brow, the straps should be positioned in a “V’ formation around the ears and one finger should fit between the chin and the fastened strap.
Yard work – Never allow children or pets in the yard while you are using power tools. This includes a lawn mower (riding or push), weed whacker, edger, hedge clippers, chainsaw, or any dangerous cutting machine. While using a ladder, have a spotter and only have one person on the ladder at a time.
Water safety – Keep your family safe by supervising children in and around the water. Keep them within sight and arms’ reach. Make sure young children and novice swimmers wear personal flotation devices at all times. When boating season begins, alcohol should never be a part of it.