Injury Prevention

Injuries are the leading cause of hospitalization and death for Canadian children and youth between the ages of 1 and 19 years. Every 4 ½ days a child or youth in Saskatchewan dies and 38 are hospitalized due to an injury. The costs associated with injuries are enormous, not only in direct dollar costs, but more importantly in the loss of human life and potential. In 2010, child and adult injuries cost the province of Saskatchewan $1.1 billion, including direct costs to the healthcare system and indirect costs (e.g., reduced productivity, disability, premature death). Injuries however remain to be one of the least recognized public health problems today. Injury prevention plays a critical role in protecting the health of children and their families.