September 14, 2017
BC Hockey Report
In June 2016, the BCIRPU evaluated the effectiveness of the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) as an educational concussion training resource for BC Hockey team officials, and its effect on improving knowledge around concussion recognition and management. CATT was mandated as a training resource to be completed by all BC Hockey team officials for the 2016-2017 season.
1,593 respondents qualified to participate in the evaluation, which found that the training led to a significant increase in self-reported concussion knowledge amongst team officials. For those officials who encountered an incident during the 2016-17 season, the majority felt that the CATT training prepared them to handle a potential concussion situation appropriately. Additionally, 68% of respondents were also in favour of mandating the CATT training for the parents of players.
For more information, read the evaluation report and view the summary infographic.
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Preventable reminds people to be safe this summer
The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) launched two campaigns this summer.
The first campaign spread the word that drowning is no laughing matter. From August 11 to 13 the A-maze-ing Laughter statues at English Bay were given their own oversized personal flotation devices (PFD), reminding people that drowning can happen to anyone. In BC alone, there is an average of 53 deaths from drowning per year. The installation was picked up by Breakfast Television, Daily Hive, Global News, and Fairchild TV.
Preventable also reminded people to stay safe over the Labour Day long weekend by installing its giant banana peel in Olympic Village. Dr. Ian Pike and Jennifer Smith were interviewed by News 1130.
BCIRPU Annual Report
In the 2016-2017 operating period, BCIRPU continued its successful program of injury surveillance and research. Highlights during this operating period included engaging with the health authorities in a process to identify provincial priorities in injury prevention: seniors falls, young drivers, pedestrians, youth suicide, cyclists, and motor vehicle occupants.
Read the full report
View the summary infographic
Dr. Pike promoted to Professor
BCIRPU Director Dr. Ian Pike has been promoted to full Professor status at the UBC Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Pike first joined the Department of Pediatrics in 2004 as a Clinical Assistant Professor.
L to R: Aayushi Joshi, Kyle Scoten, Arpreet Singh
BCIRPU summer students participate in BCCHR Poster Day
On July 27, BCIRPU summer students presented their research projects at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute's annual Summer Student Poster Day.
Aayushi Joshi (Fifth year Honours, Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences, Western University) presented on rising fall-related death among seniors in BC. Kyle Scoten (Third year, Life Sciences, Queen's University) discussed his project evaluating the effectiveness of the CATT as an educational concussion training resource for BC Hockey team officials. Finally, Arpreet Singh (Second year Masters, Public Health, SFU) talked about the burden of fire-related injuries in children and youth across Canada.
New BCIRPU publications
George MA, Jin A, Brussoni M, Lalonde CE, McCormick R. Intentional injury among the Indigenous and total populations in British Columbia, Canada: Trends over time and ecological analyses of risk. Int J Equity Health. 2017 Aug 8;16(1):141. doi: 10.1186/s12939-017-0629-4. PMID: 28789649. LINK
Karl FM, Smith J, Piedt S, Turcotte K, Pike I. Applying the health action process approach to bicycle helmet use and evaluating a social marketing campaign. Inj Prev. 2017 Aug 5. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042399. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 28780534. LINK
Pike I, Smith J, All-Hajj S, Fuselli P, Macpherson A. The Canadian Atlas of Child and Youth Injury: Mobilizing injury surveillance data to launch a national knowledge translation tool. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Aug 30;14(9):982. doi:10.3390/ijerph14090982. LINK
Al-Hajj S, Fisher B, Smith J, Pike I. Collaborative visual analytics: A health analytics approach to injury prevention. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14(9):1056. doi:10.3390/ijerph14091056. LINK
New guidelines on baseline testing for concussions
Concussion baseline testing is no longer required or recommended for post-injury care of youth athletes with suspected or diagnosed concussion, according to a new statement from Parachute Canada. Baseline testing could provide a sense of security that is not warranted, and is not recommended.
These recommendations are based on up-to-date research and in consultation with Parachute’s Expert Advisory Concussion Subcommittee, of which BCIRPU Co-Director Dr. Shelina Babul is a member.
Read the full statement online.
Injury Insight: Falls on Stairs
Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injuries worldwide after road traffic crashes. While stairs are in our homes, workplaces, and public and outdoor spaces, they can be dangerous and are a common place for injury to happen. Our latest Injury Insight provides information on injuries from falls on stairs and tips on how to decrease risk.
Coming soon: New CATT website!
We're redesigning the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) website! This new site will have updated information on the recognition, treatment, and management of concussions.