Hey Ottawa..I came across some startling statistics that relate to Ottawa area child injury and personal injuries. Did you know that injuries kill more Canadian children than all diseases combined ? Unintentional injury is the number one cause of death for kids ages 1 to 14. As many as half of injury-caused deaths are from traumatic brain injury. Hospitalizations of youth due to traumatic injury in the Ottawa region have gone up every year since 2006-2007, from 598 to 663. There have been 1,900 traumatic injuries to people under age 20 in the region since 2006. On average, close to 300 children aged 14 and under die each year as a result of an injury, but stats from 2005 show 720 died. Roughly 21,000 kids are hospitalized for serious injuries every year in Canada. One out of every five kids taken to CHEO’s ER is there as a result of an injury. CHEO only sees 40% of the region’s injured children. The three leading causes of injury-related deaths for children are drowning (15%), motor vehicle collisions (14%) and suffocation (13%). Falls are the biggest cause of injury-related hospitalizations for children, making up 37% of injuries — 45% if you include playground falls.
In the Ottawa region, there were 728 youth who were hospitalized for falls between 2006 and 2009. The next most common cause of youth hospitalization in the Ottawa region is car crashes of which there have been 310 since 2006. Since 2006, there have been 133 youth hospitalized for intentionally hurting themselves. It’s estimated that every dollar invested in a helmet saves $30 health care costs and not tomention LIVES. Boys are 4 times more likely to be injured as girls. About 90% of all injuries are predictable and preventable.
Let’s do everything we can can to keep our kids as safe as possible ! They are everything.
— Source: Safe Kids Canada, CHEO, Think First Canada, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Champlain LHIN