Preventable injuries are the leading cause of death of Northern BC residents between the age of 1-44.
Within the next hour, 47 BC residents will have suffered an injury serious enough to require medical attention.
By the end of the day, that number will have skyrocketed to roughly 1,000. Of these, about three will have died, 90 will have been hospitalized and 27 left partially or fully disabled.
By the end of the year, 400,000 British Columbians will have suffered an injury and 1,200 will have been killed as a result of one. It’s an epidemic that is costing British Columbians an estimated $4 billion in direct health care costs, and immeasurable human pain and suffering. It has to be stopped.
Injuries are not "accidents"...they happen in similar, predictable patterns and as many as 90% of injuries can be prevented.
In BC, preventable injuries are among the leading causes of death and hospitalization across all age groups and those numbers are even higher among northern BC residents.
Northern Health’s Injury Prevention promotes initiatives, programs and community partnerships that focus on building awareness of the burden of injuries in our communities and provides support for prevention strategies aimed at reducing the high rate of injuries in Northern BC.