20 years of the BCIRPU; New funding for concussion from the NFL

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December 6, 2018



Seasons Greetings!


From all of us at the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, best wishes for a happy new year filled with health, happiness, and spectacular success. (click image to enlarge)



BCIRPU celebrates 20 years!


We recently celebrated our 20th anniversary and hosted a symposium featuring TED-style presentations from top researchers and influencers in injury prevention.


BCIRPU opened its doors in 1998. For the past 20 years, the Unit has made considerable contributions to reducing incidences of preventable injuries in children and adults. A recent study aimed at ranking nine Canadian provinces on their child injury rates and prevention policies found that BC ranked first out of all the provinces, suggesting that the efforts of the BCIRPU have made a positive impact on the safety of British Columbians.


We want to thank all of our partners and collaborators over the years, including the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, BC Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Services Authority and the University of British Columbia.


Happy birthday—to us!


BC program linked to reduction in abusive head trauma in newborns


study published in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect has shown that delivery of the Period of PURPLE Crying Program in is associated with a 35% reduction in shaken baby syndrome cases in British Columbia, meaning fewer babies are suffering life-changing and life-threatening injuries. 


The Period of PURPLE Crying is an evidence-based program aimed at informing new parents and caregivers of the dangers of shaken baby syndrome (SBS), the name given to the collection of signs and symptoms resulting from violently shaking an infant. 


To date, health authorities have distributed more than 40,000 booklets and other educational material to new parents and caregivers across the province, and close to 6,000 maternity and public health nurses have completed PURPLE Program training. 


The study findings attracted the attention of the media, including Fairchild TV, CBC Early Edition, and the Black Press. To learn more about the PURPLE Program, visit dontshake.ca.



2018 CLICK for Babies campaign a success


2018 was another successful year for the CLICK for Babies Campaign in BC!
CLICK for Babies is a North America initiative to help educate caregivers about normal infant crying, how to cope with crying and the dangers of reacting to crying in frustration by shaking or harming an infant. During the campaign, volunteers “click” their needles together to knit and crochet newborn caps in shades of purple. These caps are collected, and distributed by Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC to new parents in maternity hospitals and public health units across BC along with the Period of PURPLE Crying program materials.
This year, over 125 knitting groups, senior centres, retirement residences, community groups, and individuals knitted 9,163 purple newborn caps! A huge thank-you to the many volunteers who donated their time and efforts to help reduce shaken baby syndrome and other forms of physical abuse in babies.



BCIRPU researchers involved in pan-Canadian NFL-funded study on concussion 


The National Football League’s (NFL) scientific advisory board recently announced that it will be providing $12 million in funding to a pan-Canadian program aimed at improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussions in youth sport. Researchers from nine Canadian universities will be participating in the program, including Drs. Ian Pike and Shelina Babul.


The SHRed Concussions program—short for Surveillance in High Schools to Reduce Concussions and Consequences of Concussions in Youth—will assist in establishing and validating injury surveillance in high schools, integrating a variety of tools to detect concussion, predict recovery, and inform best practice and policy in the prevention and management of concussions in a variety of youth sports.


More information can be found on our website.



Concussions and intimate partner violence


Intimate partner violence (IPV) may be a leading cause of concussion for Canadian women. Dr. Paul van Donkelaar and Dr. Shelina Babul are working to build on the existing Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) and create an online resource to help those who assist survivors of IPV in identifying concussion and supporting the healing process. The tool is expected to launch on the CATT website in early 2020.


Visit the UBC Centre for Brain Health for more information.


New publications


Fridman L, Fraser-Thomas J, Pike I, Macpherson AK. An interprovincial comparison of unintentional childhood injury rates in Canada for the period 2006-2012. Can J Public Hlth. 2018 Aug; 109:4, 573-80. LINK


Han C, Mâsse L, Wilson A, Janssen I, Schuurman N, Brussoni M. State of Play: Methodologies for Investigating Children's Outdoor Play and Independent Mobility. Children, Youth and Environments,
Vol. 28, No. 2, Unleashing the Power of Play: Research from the International Play Association 20th Triennial Conference (2018), 194-231. LINK


Jiang A, Smith J, Rajabali F, Zheng A, Purssell R, Pike I. Patterns in poisoning hospitalizations and deaths in British Columbia, 2008 to 2013. BCMJ. 2018 Dec, 60:10, 495-502. LINK


Karbakhsh M, Smith J, Pike I. “Where does the high road lead?” Potential implications of cannabis legalization for pediatric injuries in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2018 Sept 27. LINK


Rajabali F, Beaulieu E, Smith J, Pike I. The economic burden of injuries in British Columbia: Applying evidence to practice. BCMJ, 2018 Sept; 60:7, 358-64. LINK


Staff updates


Claire Humphreys has returned from maternity leave to job share with Karen Sadler as Program Manager for Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC. Welcome back, Claire!




Webinar series


November 21 marked the conclusion of BCIRPU’s webinar series for 2018, with guest speaker Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Canadian Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility and Cognitive Health, presenting on seniors’ fall prevention.


Recordings of past webinars can be found on our website.



2017-2018 Annual Report


Our 2017-2018 Annual Report is online. Read some highlights of the past year.



iDOT update


We have updated our hospitalization and sport tools to include data up to 2016/17 and we have added additional details pertaining to cause of injury.


See the updated data on our Injury Data Online Tool




Injury and death in firefighters


Did you know that each year, 1 in every 60 firefighters take time off work due to injury? BCIRPU partnered with fire chiefs from the City of Surrey, and academics from the University of British Columbia, University of the Fraser Valley, and Wilfred Laurier University to look at the determinants of injury and death in Canadian firefighters. Our work produced a report and infographic—read more on the BCIRPU website.


Dr. Ian Pike and Chief Len Garis discussed the report in a recent episode of the Fire Fighting in Canada podcast.



Back injury in nurses


In British Columbia, reports of back strain injuries in the health industry exceeds injuries in other labour-intensive occupations such as farming, fishing, and mining. Nursing accounts for over 80% of back strain injuries within the health industry (2001-2016). 


Read more in our latest Injury Insight.




BC Seniors' Fall Prevention Month


Each November, BCIRPU and the BC Falls & Injury Prevention Coalition raise awareness of seniors' falls through a provincial campaign. 


Throughout the month of November, BCIRPU shared tips and resources on how community-dwelling older adults and their caregivers can prevent falls.


Learn more at findingbalancebc.ca.



National Teen Driver Safety Week


Parachute, the national injury prevention NGO, hosted National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) from October 22-28.


The goal of NTDSW is to drive public awareness of teen driver safety issues and encourage communities to be part of the solution. BCIRPU participated in the conversation on social media.



Distracted driving


Did you know that over one quarter of all car crash fatalities in BC are due to distracted driving?


These rates spike during the summer months, which is why in July, BCIRPU welcomed a visit from Dr. Motao Zhu from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Drs. Zhu and Pike gave interviews to local media, including Breakfast Television, Abbotsford News, and CBC's On the Coast (1:27:30).



Media highlights


How to keep your kids safe in rising temperatures

Ian Pike, Breakfast Television (OMNI), July 24.


Children and heat safety

Ian Pike, CBC Early Edition, July 24.


Fatal Fun—ATV Safety

Ian Pike, CBC News, November 4.




CHIRPP database


CHIRPP is a self-reporting injury surveillance system run by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Through the collection of data from patients/parents in the Emergency Department, CHIRPP provides a current picture of injury occurrence and helps establish priorities for research and intervention. BC Children's Hospital data is accessible from CHIRPP Coordinator Atousa Zargaran.



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