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Injury Prevention Centre

Intentional and unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for Albertans between the ages of 1 and 44. The Injury Prevention Centre (IPC) is a provincial organization committed to advancing the impact of prevention, emergency response, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries in Alberta. The Centre is part of the School of Public Health, University of Alberta and reports operationally to the Dean of the School, is funded by public funds through a grant from Alberta Health and is accountable to the injury stakeholders and the citizens of Alberta.

The Centre staff consists of researchers, data analysts, program coordinators, educators and communicators who work with partners across Alberta to reduce injury.

Why is injury prevention important?

The impacts of injury on families and communities are profound. Too many Albertans suffer because of injury-related deaths. Furthermore, many injuries result in lifelong changes. Too many Albertans bear the economic and social strain of serious injuries like loss of employment, costs of care and rehabilitation as well as family breakdowns. While the greatest impact of injury is in human suffering, the financial cost is staggering creating a major cost burden on the health care system.

So What's the big deal?

During an average year in Alberta:

  • 1,664 Albertans die from an injury.
  • 28,809 (*excluding adverse events) Albertans are hospitalized.
  • 429,741 Albertans visit emergency departments.
  • This equates to:

  • 4 deaths each day.
  • 79 hospital admissions each day.
  • 4 deaths each day.
  • 1,177 Emergency Department visits each day.
  • Approximately 16% of all hospital admissions and 24% of all emergency department visits are a result of injury!

    The Alberta Trauma Registry records the most severe injuries in Alberta. The following 2012 data for major trauma show that, on average, there are:

  • 8 major trauma events each day.
  • 14 severe head and neck injuries each day.
  • 5 people treated in an operating room (OR) each day using over 12 hours of OR time.
  • 2 patients admitted to an intensive care unit each day with an average stay of 9 days.

  • The Financial Cost

    While the greatest impact of an injury is human suffering, the financial cost is staggering creating a major cost burden on the healthcare system. In 2004, injuries cost Alberta an extimated $2.94 BILLION annually - that's equal to $918 for every Albertan.