July 2009

Severe injuries increase in Ontario

Alcohol was involved in at least 12% of major trauma cases in Ontario in the last year, according to the latest Ontario major injury report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Of the 526 patients hospitalized for severe injury who had blood alcohol concentration levels over the legal limit of 0.08%, half were hurt in a motor vehicle collision. The number of severe injuries increased by 11% compared to five years earlier. Other highlights from *Major Injury in Ontario* include: * In 2007-2008, there were 4,354 cases hospitalized with major trauma in 11 participating facilities across 14 sites in Ontario. This represents an increase of 11% compared to five years earlier. * These cases accounted for 62,568 days in these facilities. Seven in 10 were male and the average age was 47. * Motor vehicle collisions were responsible for 42% of hospitalizations, followed by unintentional falls (34%) and suicide and self-inflicted injury (3%).

See CIHI - Major Injury in Ontario for the full report.

Updated July 31, 2009