New CATT course for medical professionals, learn how to stay Active & Safe

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June 11, 2018



Updated CATT for Medical Professionals


We have updated our Concussion Awareness Training Tool course for Medical Professionals (CATT MP).


CATT MP is free-of-charge, and is available in both English and French. Originally launched in 2013, the updated e-learning course for medical professionals shifts its original focus from recognition and diagnosis to care and management. The course will cover how to effectively assess a patient’s concussion situation within the initial hours post-injury, how to optimally manage concussion care during the first 2 to 4 weeks post-injury, and how to identify when referral to specialty care is required.


CATT MP contains information from the 2017 recommendations of the Concussion in Sport Group, and is eligible for credits with the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It was developed in partnership with Parachute and the Public Health Agency of Canada, and is a product of the national Concussion Protocol Harmonization Project. 


Take the new CATT for Medical Professionals.



Be informed, prevent injury, stay Active and Safe


On May 10, the BCIRPU launched a new resource giving parents, kids, coaches and teachers easy access to injury prevention information for over 50 popular sports and recreational activities. Active & Safe Central is informed by international injury prevention research and includes information on common injuries, risk factors and strategies for injury prevention. The information is tailored for participants, parents and the wide range of people who support sport and recreation including coaches, teachers, officials, administrators and health professionals.


The website is supported by BC’s Physical Activity Strategy, which is co-led through a partnership between the BC Government and the BC Alliance for Healthy Living. It was developed in collaboration with SportMedBC, BC Recreation and Parks Association, Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Canadian Injury Prevention Trainee Network, Parachute, and viaSportBC.


Drs. Shelina Babul and Ian Pike were interviewed by CFAX Radio (Victoria), My Prince George Now, Eagle FM (Comox Valley) and Pique Newsmagazine for the launch of Active & Safe. Drs. Babul and Pike were also featured on the Healthy Families BC blog.

Visit the website at Please help us share and evaluate the resource: Encourage your colleagues to click on the pop-up bar on the bottom of the screen to provide feedback and enter in a draw to win an Apple Watch.


CLICK for Babies


The annual CLICK for Babies campaign is back! This North American public awareness campaign focuses on raising awareness about normal infant crying, how to cope with crying, and the dangers of reacting in frustration by shaking or harming an infant. This year we are asking volunteers do one or more of the three action steps:

  • KNIT 1 – Start knitting/crocheting soft newborn caps that are at least 50% purple in colour in new, soft washable yarn.
  • TELL 2 – Spread the word about CLICK for Babies campaign, the Period of PURPLE Crying program and Shaken Baby Syndrome.
  • GIVE 3 - Donate your time, yarn or money to help improve the overall care of infants and decrease the rate of Shaken Baby Syndrome in BC.

Last year over 11,000 caps were donated by volunteers—our goal this year is 12,000! Start knitting!


Learn more at


New publications


Brussoni M, Ishikawa T, Han C, Pike I, Bundy A, Faulkner G, Masse LC. Go Play Outside! Effects of a risk-reframing tool on mothers’ tolerance for, and parenting practices associated with, children’s risky play: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2018 Mar 7;19(1):173. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2552-4. LINK


Schmidt J, Hayward KS, Brown KE, Zwicker JG, Ponsford J, van Donkelaar P, Babul S, Boyd LA. Imaging in Pediatric Concussion: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2018 Apr 20:141(5). e20173406. LINK


Smith J, Purewal BP, Macpherson A, Pike I. Metrics to assess injury prevention programs for young workers in high-risk occupations: A scoping review of the literature. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada. 2018 May;38(5):191-99. LINK


Smith J, Zheng X, Lafreniere K, Pike I. Social marketing to address attitudes and behaviours related to preventable injuries in British Columbia, Canada. Injury Prevention. Published Online First: 16 March 2018. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042651. LINK 



2018 Brain Waves campaign reaches over 300 students


This year, the BCIRPU was successful in educating over 300 elementary school children about brain and spinal cord injury through our Brain Waves program.
Brain Waves is a fun and engaging half-day neuroscience presentation that teaches students in grades 4-6 about the brain and spinal cord. Thank you to our trained volunteers, who brought the hands-on program—which includes activity booklets, helmet fitting tips, and Jello Brains—to the classroom.
If you would like to participate in Brainwaves 2019 please email our Brain Waves Coordinator.



Raising awareness of CATT


Over the past few months, we have been out in the community raising awareness of CATT. Dr. Shelina Babul talked about concussion at the Fraser Health Trauma Day and the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute Open House, both in April. Faraz Damji (pictured), a UBC student working with Dr. Babul, gave two presentations on CATT, one at the UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference, and the other at the UBC Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference.


Staff updates: Thank you, Mhairi!


At the end of April, Mhairi Nolan retired from her position as coordinator of the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP). Atousa Zargaran has taken over Mhairi's position.


Thank you, Mhairi, for your tireless work all of these years! You will be missed.




Webinar: Canadian Child Safety Report Card


On Thursday, July 19, Dr. Liraz Fridman, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Calgary, will discuss her work on the Canadian Child Injury Report Card: A comparison of injury prevention practices across provinces.


More details can be found on our website



Safe Kids Week 2018


Safe Kids Week is an annual public awareness campaign designed to raise awareness about the frequency and severity of preventable childhood injuries, the leading cause of death and disability of Canadian children.


This year’s campaign focused on concussion—at home, at play, and on the road. Read the media release on the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute website.



Updates to Injury Data Online Tool


We recently made two updates to our Injury Data Online Tool (iDOT): the WorkSafe BC tool now has 2016 data, and the standard population for the age standardized rate calculation in the Mortality, Hospitalization, and Sport tools have been updated from 1991 population numbers to 2011.


Access the Tool on our website.



New project: CATT for Workers & Workplaces


We are in the process of developing a new concussion toolkit for workers and workplaces that will launch in spring 2019. The BCIRPU is currently completing a comprehensive review of current concussion evidence and relevant and available materials in order to identify best practices and gaps. 

If you would like to learn more about the project, please visit, or contact project coordinator Denise Beaton.



Media highlights


Cancer the leading cause of death in firefighters: study

Ian Pike. CTV News, March 28.


Website may help prevent sports injuries

Shelina Babul, Tri-City News, May 10.


New online resource aims to decrease preventable injuries in B.C.
Shelina Babul, Pique Newsmagazine, May 20.


Geoff Johnson: Playgrounds shouldn't be entirely free of risks

Mariana Brussoni, Times Colonist, June 3.



High-risk driving awareness


According to ICBC, in 2016 alone, there were 330,000 crashes in BC—that's 900 crashes per day. May was High-risk Driving Awareness Month, and ICBC reminded drivers to slow down.


RoadSafetyBC also has a BC Community Road Safety Toolkit available on their website about protecting pedestrians and cyclists.




Lunchtime learning


Injury prevention articles, publications, and reports to read on your lunch break.


Traumatic Brain Injuries in Alberta, Injury Prevention Centre, 2018. (Link to PDF)


Reducing injury risk in youth sports, New York Times, 2018. (LINK)


How to avoid burnout in youth sports, New York Times, 2018. (LINK)




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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