July 13, 2017
Representatives from RCM-SAR and BCIRPU with federal MP Joyce Murray in Vancouver.
Paul Joseph Photo
New project aims to reduce boating-related injury in BC
The BCIRPU has received funding from Transport Canada to better understand attitudes about boating safety in British Columbia.
The three-year project—led by BCIRPU Director Dr. Ian Pike, in partnership with the Lifesaving Society, the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR), and The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable)—will investigate the awareness, attitudes, and behaviours of recreational boaters in BC related to boating safety. A social marketing campaign will be developed and implemented to address the burden of boating-related injury. The project was officially announced on May 23 at an event in Vancouver with RCM-SAR, Vancouver MP Joyce Murray, and the BCIRPU research team.
Dr. Pike was featured on CBC's BC Almanac alongside Larry Jacobs of the Canadian Safe Boating Council (starting at 26:23).
Read more about the project on our website.
John Lau Photo
Large banana peel reminds us that injuries are preventable
The Community Against Preventable Injuries kicked off their ninth year on June 1 with a larger-than-life banana peel installation in downtown Vancouver.
"This campaign challenges the assumption that ‘bad stuff might happen to others, but not to me,’” said Dr. Ian Pike, BCIRPU Director and spokesperson for Preventable. "Every day, we take risks that we know can lead to injury—we speed on our way to work, we text while crossing the street. The banana is an exaggeration of the risk that is right in front of us."
The banana peel received a lot of attention on social media as people shared photos using the hashtag #preventable, It was also featured in the media, including on Global News BC, the West Ender, and Roundhouse Radio.
Injury prevention priorities
BCIRPU played a key supporting role in the work of the BC Injury Prevention Committee (BCIPC) to select provincial injury prevention priorities. A rigorous prioritization process included the provision of injury data based on selected metrics and the coordination and execution of a three-round modified Delphi process.
Selected metrics were mortality, potential years life lost, Emergency Department data (VCH and BC Children’s Hospital), and cost (direct and indirect). Results from each of the three rounds of the modified Delphi process were summarized and reported out to the BCIPC. A final report will be available shortly.
Landmarks "go green" for National Injury Prevention Day
Landmarks across BC lit up with green on July 5 in support of the first National Injury Prevention Day. Vancouver City Hall, Science World, BC Place, Canada Place, and Whistler's Fitzsimmons Bridge joined the CN Tower and other Canadian landmarks in helping draw attention to the devastating impact of injury. Injury prevention groups shared facts about injury on social media using the hashtag #NIPD.
Trampoline safety: "Air" on the side of caution
Did you know that 80% of injuries in kids on trampolines occur when two or more children are on the trampoline at the same time? Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), with the help of the BCIRPU and BC Children's Hospital, launched a summer safety campaign on trampoline safety in late June. The campaign includes facts on emergency department visits from the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program database.
Visit VCH's website to view the infographic and share trampoline tips on social media using the hashtag #aironthesideofcaution. You can enter for your chance to win a FitBit and other prizes.
Go play outside!
BCIRPU Scientist Mariana Brussoni and her team have launched outsideplay.ca, an interactive tool to help parents and communities reverse the trend that is limiting children's chances to play outside and take risks in play.
Voices of Indigenous children and youth
Director Dr. Ian Pike and his colleagues have received two-year funding from CIHR to explore the burden of child and youth injury among Canada's Indigenous peoples. The project will utilize visual storytelling—combining photography, video, narratives, and mapping—to provide a platform for community members to identify and target selected injury prevention issues.