COVID-19 and injury, Article of the Year Award

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April 29, 2020


COVID-19 staff update


Further to our previously announced measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in light of the continuing evolving situation, BCIRPU staff will be working remotely until further notice.


We wish you and yours all the very best as we navigate this unusual situation, and look forward to brighter days ahead.



Adjusting to a new pace of life during the COVID-19 pandemic


As we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, we find ourselves adjusting to a new pace of life. These unique circumstances can actually put us at risk for injury as our households are full and we try to keep ourselves and our kids busy.


On average, 40% of injuries requiring hospitalization or emergency department care happen in the home. We’ve put together a list of helpful tips to share on your social media channels and with friends and family. Read more at


BCIRPU researchers have been busy writing blog posts and speaking to media around issues related to COVID-19. View the media highlights on the right.



Article on shaken baby syndrome wins 2018 Article of the Year award


BCIRPU’s publication on the effectiveness of the Period of PURPLE Crying program in BC has received the 2018 Article of the Year Award from the journal Child Abuse and Neglect.


This study investigates the rates of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) in BC and shows that the program was associated with a 35% reduction in the number of children under two admitted to BC hospitals with shaking-related injuries.


“On behalf of my co-authors, we were thrilled to be notified that our article describing a program to prevent abusive head trauma/shaken baby syndrome implemented in British Columbia was chosen as the 2018 Article of the Year,” said Dr. Ronald Barr, lead author of the study.


Read more on the BCIRPU website.



Concussion in the film and live performance industries


As part of our ongoing work with the film and live performance industries, Dr. Shelina Babul contributed an article to the latest issue of Safety Scene, the official newsletter of the Actsafe Safety Association.


The theme of the newsletter was all about concussion, and Dr. Babul discussed the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) and unique challenges that members of this employment sector encounter regarding mild traumatic brain injury. Read the article on Actsafe's website.


The CATT e-learning course for Workers & Workplaces was delivered at the annual Actsafe Event Safety Conference in early March. Samantha Bruin and Denise Beaton presented stunt perfomer Lori Stewart with the 2020 Actsafe Safety Ambassador of the Year Award (above) for her tireless work promoting concussion awareness in the film industry.


Injury prevention reading list


We've put together some interesting articles and links related to COVID-19 and injury prevention.


Injury Prevention

  • Doctors expect a ‘huge spike’ in pediatric injuries at home (New York Times) LINK
  • Preventing home injuries in the time of COVID-19 (Parachute) LINK

Road Safety

  • COVID-19, safer roads, and urban planning (event recording) LINK
  • BC Health Recommendations: Cycling, Walking & Physical Distance During COVID-19 (BC Cycling Coalition) LINK

Older Adults (65+)

  • How to support seniors during the COVID-19 outbreak (UBC Faculty of Medicine) LINK
  • #TellThemYouCare: Online campaign invites public to send greetings to seniors (BC Care) LINK
  • Helping seniors stay active and connected amid COVID-19 (Global News) LINK

Violence, Mental Health

  • Helping children and teens cope with social isolation (BC Children's Hospital) LINK
  • Coronavirus self-isolation could lead to increased domestic violence: N.S. agencies (Global News) LINK

Outdoor Play

  • Should I go outside in the COVID-19 era? (Outdoor Play Canada) LINK



Webinar series


On Thursday, May 21, Dr. Brent Hagel will provide an overview of the Child Active Transportation Safety and the Environment (CHASE) study.


Details to come.



Day of Mourning


April 28 was National Day of Mourning, an annual day to remember those who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness, whether at work or work-related.



Media highlights


Risks related to staying home

Ian Pike, Castanet, Apr 27


Health Experts In BC Say It's OK To Meet Up With Your 'COVID Friend' If You're Careful

Mariana Brussoni, Narcity, Apr 21


Opinion: Isolation is an opportunity for families to get active

Shelina Babul and Shazya Karmali, Healthing, Mar 28


Pandemic Play: Child-Centred Policy in a Global Crisis

Mariana Brussoni, Outdoor Play Canada



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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