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 2004, unintentional injuries cost Saskatchewan $629 million, 399 lives and 2,540 individuals suffered a disability. Injuries however remain to be one of the least recognized public health problems today.