What could your program or your hospital do with an extra million dollars? Is wanting to reduce pressure on your emergency services high on your wish list? Take up our challenge to join our work to prevent injuries – and prevent those cases from needing your hospital care.
How to participate in the challenge
Here are a few ideas: We’re sure you’ll think of more.
- Light up your building(s), sign(s), or other areas green, the signature colour for safety.
- Tie green ribbons to places within the hospital
- Serve green food, e.g., ice cream, candies
- Wear green T shirts
- Get active on social media! Parachute will be sharing a filter that can be used on social media and our hashtags #ParachuteNIPD #TurnSafetyOn and #Parachute10. We also have provided a social media guide downloadable from our website.
- Download and print the NIPD awareness posters, located in the resources section below, and display them in your health-care facility
- Share information about the cost of injury with your teams
Whatever you do have fun, take photos, and share them to show the collective strength and collaboration across the country.
Join these hospitals that have signed up!
Montreal Children’s Hospital
- Creating injury prevention activity sheets for patients
- Participating in social media and approaching local media partners
- Staff challenge to share pictures of themselves or their children doing something safely and also ask the public to participate via social media
Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto
- Highlighting key injury prevention programs including Stop the Bleed and Breaking the Cycle of Violence with Empathy (BRAVE)
- To sweeten the day, we will be selling green ice cream and slushies with proceeds aimed at supporting violently injured patients and their families. A raffle will allow staff the opportunity to win a Stop the Bleed gift basket with a T shirt, tourniquet, and gift certificate for training
- Communications team will be sharing injury prevention information via social channels and the staff intranet
London Health Sciences Centre
- An information booth in our B Atrium which will be illuminated in green for NIPD on July 5
St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg
Regina General Hospital
- Putting article in the Saskatchewan Heath Authority Daily Newsletter a week prior to July 5t informing everyone on what this day will represent and providing statistics and information regarding preventable injuries
- Our team will wear green and hang signs throughout the hospital as well as getting our Emergency Medical Services Teams involved!
Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary
- Local statistics and resources/links to be displayed on hospital information screens
- Staff encouraged to wear green
- Parachute resources posters to be displayed in high traffic areas
Edmonton Trauma Zone, Alberta Health Services
- Creating a presentation poster highlighting the injuries that we see at Stollery Children’s Hospital
- Teaming up with local media to get the message out about the cost of injury and what the public can do to prevent injuries
Royal Alexander Hospital, Edmonton
- Information booth at the hospital entrance/atrium. A Trauma Co-ordinator/data analyst will be at the info booth
- Have Edmonton-specific injury data
- Green-colour pens to hand out
- Injury prevention information sheets through the trauma system in the hospital
Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, Wood Buffalo, Alta.
- All staff members are encouraged to wear green on July 5 and use social media hashtags
- Posters displayed in the ER department and through the facility
- Local statistics to be displayed in the ED and waiting area
- Information/worksheet created by Safe Communities Wood Buffalo provided to children in the ED and on inpatient unit
Tell us what you’ll do for the NIPD Hospital Challenge
NIPD Hospital Challenge
Why injury prevention is important for hospitals
The Cost of Injury in Canada report shows that, in one year, preventable injuries from collisions, falls, poisonings, drownings and violence cost the Canadian healthcare system $29.4 billion. That’s $56 million per day. Direct costs – costs incurred by hospitals for medical supplies, diagnostic imaging, drugs, ambulance transportation, emergency care costs, hospital care costs, physician services fees and rehabilitation costs – make up the vast majority at $20.4 billion.
While hospitals treat injuries after they happen, medical centres have a key role to play, as well as a vested interest, in preventing injuries from happening in the first place. Think of how many patients who have suffered a preventable injury fill your trauma and emergency departments, along with other units. We are stronger together.
For the past six years, Parachute has hosted National Injury Prevention Day (NIPD) on our annual birthday. This year’s NIPD, on July 5, 2022, will be doubly special as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and galvanize everyone working to prevent injuries.
NIPD brings an opportunity for us to shine a light on the preventability of injuries. It’s a chance to come together across disciplines to raise awareness that we have effective solutions to keep people from getting seriously injured or killed and to stop them from needing hospital/trauma services.