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Injuries remain a significant cost to our health care system

(Horizon) July 8, 2015 - According to recent data, injuries cost the New Brunswick health care system $696 million per year. Parachute Canada, in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada, recently released the 'Cost of Injury to Canada Report' highlighting both provincial and national information about the cost of Canada's leading types of injury to the health-care system. The report draws on 2010 injury data on deaths, hospitalizations, emergency department visits and provides detailed data by province and by cause of injury.

"Reducing the burden of injury - particularly serious and critical injury - is essential to improving overall health outcomes among New Brunswickers as well as to enhance the sustainability of our health-care system," said Dr. Tracey Chesser-Murphy, Interim Medical Director of the NB Trauma Program. "Using 2010 data is important to us as it was the year of inception of the NB Trauma Program and it provides important benchmark data."

The Cost of Injury in Canada Report highlights that in 2010:

  • 420 New Brunswickers lost their lives due to injury

  • Over 77,000 emergency department visits and 6,600 hospital admissions were due to injury

  • Overall in terms of all injuries (intentional and unintentional), suicide and self-harm (intentional) was the greatest cause of death by injury (25%), followed by (unintentional) transport incidents (23%), and falls (20%)

  • Falls explained over half (55%) of all hospitalizations for injury while transport incidents accounted for 13%

  • $400 million was spent for direct health-care costs related to injury. Adding indirect costs increased the total financial burden of injury in New Brunswick to $696 million - $924 in spending for every citizen of the province

The NB Trauma Program uses this data to help target provincial injury prevention initiatives such concussion awareness, coordination of the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y) program, and support for falls prevention among seniors in the community. The program also uses injury data to prioritize work in clinical care and education for clinicians around the province.

Parachute Canada is a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

The NB Trauma Program ensures comprehensive, high quality and coordinated trauma care, education, research and injury prevention throughout New Brunswick. This work is accomplished through a formalized partnership with the Department of Health, Horizon Health Network, Vitalité Health Network and Ambulance New Brunswick. 

The 'Cost of Injury to Canada Report' and additional information about the NB Trauma Program is available online at www.NBTrauma.ca.

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For more information contact:
Sarah Logan
Media Relations
1-877-499-1899
Media@HorizonNB.ca
www.HorizonNB.ca

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