Unintentional injury is one of the leading causes of disability, hospitalization and avoidable deaths in Canada and New Brunswick. Major injury categories include transport-related injuries and falls. Unintentional injury is a significant public health issue and comes with costs - at the individual, family, community and societal levels. While injuries can occur at any time and in any place, some people, including children, youth and seniors are more at risk than others.
While many people think of injuries as being the result of ‘accidents’ that have come about by chance, human error, or a random event like mechanical failure, most injuries result from events that are predictable and preventable.
Reducing the chances of an injury occurring in the first place, especially among groups at higher risk, is one way to improve the overall health of New Brunswickers. Injury prevention is less expensive and more effective than treating injuries after they occur.
For data and information on the injury burden in New Brunswick, follow here: Injury in New Brunswick, Health Indicators – Issue 6.
More data and evidence: Injuries in Sport, Recreation and Exercise, Health Indicators – Issue 7