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The burden of injury on our province, our health care system, and our citizens is staggering. Consider the following:

  • In 2013, 1950 Albertans died from injury, 67,341 required hospitalization and 564,979 were treated in emergency departments due to injuries. (source: Alberta Health: Interactive Data Applications 2015)
  • In 2004, injuries cost Albertans $2.94 billion in direct and indirect costs.
  • The costs to a seriously injured individual and his or her family are immeasurable.
  • Injury is the leading cause of death for Albertans ages 1 to 44.
  • Injuries may be unintentional, such as those due to motor vehicle collisions, or they may be intentional, such as those that result from violence or suicidal behaviour. Whether unintentional or intentional, the majority of injuries are preventable. Injury prevention has a place in all areas of health care including the prevention and treatment of mental illness and addictions.

Preventing injuries among Albertans is an important function of Alberta Health Services. A comprehensive system of health services doesn’t just treat people who are unwell or hurt; it also provides people with the information, motivation and skills to stay well. Preventing injuries is one of many inter-related factors that contribute to people living healthy lives.

This web site covers most areas of injury with a focus on the priorities based on injury-related mortality and morbidity in Alberta: suicide, transportation-related injuries, and fall-related injuries. Injury prevention strategies and resources recommended by the AHS Provincial Injury Prevention Program (PIPP) are provided.

The PIPP recognizes that the injury picture changes across the life span. Age and developmental stage influences injury risks and therefore best practices in injury prevention. Click below to find out more about injury and injury prevention for each life stage.

For information about injury surveillance and related links go to injury surveillance and research.

For information about provincial and national injury prevention networks go to injury prevention networks for professionals.

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