Cost of Injury in Canada – Fall and Transport Injuries in Children

Each year, injury takes a staggering toll on children, seniors, families, and communities across the country. In June 2015, Parachute released The Cost of Injury in Canada Reportwhich quantified the financial and societal burden of injury on our citizens, our health care system and the Canadian economy. Every year, injury results in:

  • 16 million lives lost
  • 3.5 million visits to emergency rooms
  • More than 60,000 disabilities
  • $27 billion lost to the economy

Parachute has produced a compendium to the Cost of Injury in Canada Report, which analyzes fall and transport injuries in children using 2004 and 2010 injury data, focusing on mortalities, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits. The findings from the compendium can be used by researchers, public health planners, practitioners and policy makers when designing and implementing injury prevention programs and services.

Compendium findings include:

  • The unintentional injury mortality rate in children 0 to 14 years has decreased from 4.33 per 100,000 to 3.75 per 100,00 between 2004 and 2010.
  • In 2010, transport injuries were the leading cause of injury-related deaths in children, comprising 48% of all deaths due to unintentional injuries
  • In 2010, falls were attributed to 42% of all injury-related hospitalizations and 36% of all injury-related emergency department visits in children

To access the compendium, click here.


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