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This year, in partnership with the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC), Parachute is introducing a Hospital Challenge with the goal of engaging hospitals across Canada in NIPD to bring attention to the magnitude of preventable injuries, the impact on the health care system, and hospital’s role in injury prevention. Because in one-year, preventable injuries from collisions, falls, poisonings, drownings, and violence cost $29.4 BILLION or $56 MILLION per day, and direct costs — costs incurred by hospitals for medical supplies, diagnostic imaging, drugs, ambulance transportation, emergency care costs, hospital care costs, physician services fees and rehabilitation costs — make up $20.4 BILLION of the total costs. So, while hospitals treat an injury after it happens, they have a vested interest in preventing them happening in the first place. We are stronger together!

A joint call has gone out through TAC’s network (promoted at the recent TAC conference, posted on their website and will be sent out in the newsletter next week). Attached is the joint letter from TAC’s president and I. For 2022, we want to focus on hospitals with trauma centres, children’s hospitals, hospitals with connections through the Canadian Collaborating Centres for Injury Prevention (CCCIP) members and CHIRPP sites. 

We want to engage stakeholders such as emergency department directors, physicians, and nurses, poison centre staff, trauma program directors, CHIRPP directors, and CCCIP members.

There are a choice of options for participation. These could include:

  • Light up your building(s), sign(s), or other areas green, the signature colour for safety.
  • Tie green ribbons to places within the hospital 
  • Serve green food, e.g., ice cream, candies
  • Wear green T shirts
  • Get active on social media! Parachute will be sharing a filter that can be used on social media and our hashtags #ParachuteNIPD #TurnSafetyOn and #Parachute10. Parachute will also be providing a social media guide downloadable from our website.
  • Share information about the cost of injury with your teams

Go to our NIPD Hospital Challenge webpage  https://​para​chute​.ca/​e​n​/​p​r​o​g​r​a​m​/​n​a​t​i​o​n​a​l​-​i​n​j​u​r​y​-​p​r​e​v​e​n​t​i​o​n​-​d​a​y​/​n​i​p​d​-​h​o​s​p​i​t​a​l​c​h​a​l​l​enge/ to fill out a brief form so you can let us know how your hospital will participate in the 2022 National Injury Prevention Day on July 52022!

Should you have questions, please contact David Wilson at dwilson@​parachute.​ca