With 2016 marking the 20th year of Parachute Safe Kids Week, an awareness week addressing preventable child injuries, it is an appropriate time to visit the status of child injuries in Ontario. In 2015, there were almost 290,000 emergency department visits and over 10,000 hospitalizations for child injuries in Ontario. These figures average out to 25 children being hospitalized and over 750 children visiting an emergency department (ED) each day.
This issue of the Ontario Injury Compass uses ED visit and hospital discharge data to present child injury counts and rates, leading causes of injury, and key resources for injury prevention. A special focus on Parachute Safe Kids Week is also included.
Safe Kids Week: Issues at a Glance
This one-page, visual resource highlights Ontario data focused on the 2016 Parachute Safe Kids Week themes: At Home, At Play, and On The Road.
Parachute. (2011). Child Safety Good Practice Guide: Good investments in unintentional child injury prevention and safety promotion - Canadian Edition. Toronto: Parachute.
Parachute. (n.d.). Safe Kids Week 2016. Retrieved from: http://www.parachutecanada.org/safekidsweek.
Parachute Safe Kids Week 2016 resource page
Prevent Child Injury – preventchildinjury.ca
The Canadian Atlas of Child & Youth Injury Prevention - injuryevidence.ca
Read the OIPRC's feature article in the May 6, 2016 edition of the Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin
Bicycling-Related ED Visits in Ontario: A focus on children & youth, Ontario Injury Compass, May 2015.
Drowning-Related ED Visits in Ontario: A focus on infants, children & youth, Ontario Injury Compass, June 2014.
Updated May 27, 2016