A new study shows that a pioneering initiative to prevent shaken baby syndrome was associated with a 35-per-cent reduction in the number of children under two admitted to B.C. hospitals with shaking-related injuries.
It’s a trend injury researchers have come to expect: Rates of distracted-driving related crashes spike in the summer months and long weekends and can lead to more accidents. In 2016, nearly one-third of all distracted-driving related deaths in BC occurred in July and August alone.
British Columbia got the highest marks on the first-ever report card comparing child injury rates and prevention policies across nine Canadian provinces. The province’s success may be thanks in part to the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) at BC Children’s Hospital, an innovative province-wide partnership dedicated to reducing the burden of injuries through research and public education.
Every year more than 5,000 children in BC between the ages of 0 – 14 years are diagnosed with a concussion. From baseball games, to school sports days and neighbourhood play dates, concussions can happen wherever kids are active and exploring.
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