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INJURY PREVENTION CENTRE
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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.
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.
During an average year in Alberta:
This equates to:
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:
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 2010, injuries cost Alberta an estimated $3.9 BILLION annually - that's equal to $1,083 for every Albertan.