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.
- Falls are the leading cause of Injury among older adults.
- 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.
The injury picture changes across the life span, age and developmental stage influences injury risks and therefore best practices in injury prevention.
The following Injury prevention strategies and resources are recommended by the Provincial Injury Prevention Program, they cover all ages, 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.