Head Trauma Prevention

The primary goals of the MCH’s trauma program are to provide world class care to trauma patients thanks to a dedicated multi-disciplinary team AND to prevent trauma and injury among children and adolescents through community outreach, education, and lobbying.

Trauma and Injury Prevention at the Children’s

  • 90% of injuries are preventable
  • Dynamic program involves: injury prevention recommendations; development of educational resources; public awareness; community out-reach; partnership development; networking; knowledge sharing(website); and research.
  • Close affiliation with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program.
  • Our approach balances activity while promoting awareness of risks encouraging informed choices
  • Acknowledged by accrediting bodies as the leaders in Quebec (only comprehensive program of its kind at a pediatric hospital)
  • Education about reducing the risks of injury through partnerships and diffusions of key messages to community MDs, health professionals, schools, summer camps, sports associations, community organizations, and policy makers
  • Primary Prevention – Outreach events
  • Press conferences Presentations & talks
    Conferences
    Schools (high school, CEGEP)
    Summer camps
    Sporting associations (coaches, parents, athletes, trainers)
    Community Physicians
    Northern Community projects
    Salon Maternité-Paternité
    Osler Medical School Volunteer Program In-house prevention days
    Car seats clinics
    Community events
    Sports tournaments
    Bike rodeos
    Ski days
  • Award-winning website
  • ARRIVE ALIVE TEEN PROGRAM (2015-16):
    • Funding from Aviva Insurance Company
    • Video presentation followed by interactive discussion and demonstration
    • Designed to encourage teens to be informed, reflect on risks and make smart choices
    • The theme of shared responsibility and impact on family, and community – permeates the discussion

Plans in place for parent presentations Accomplishments

  • Advocating for legislation and regulations: – “no checks to the head” rule (hockey)
    – reduce head-to-head contact (football)
    – enforce rules
    – respect and fair play
    – protective equipment
    – skill training
    – encouraging environmental measures
  • Legislation and regulations
    “no checks to the head” rule (hockey)  reduce head-to-head contact (football)  trampoline ban from schools
    ban on baby walkers
    helmet legislation
    reduction of legal BAC in Quebec
    turban safety in soccer
    diving boards in municipal parks
  • Legislation and regulations
    • anchoring soccer nets
    • playground equipment
    • removing Brault and Martineau ad showing an unattended baby on a washing machine
    • mandatory fencing surrounding all home swimming pools
    • conditions of terrain
    • toy recalls & testing
    • helmets for go-karting
  • Thanks to its leadership role as an advocate for trauma prevention, the MCH has been able to help implement a number of measures aimed at decreasing trauma and injuries among young people
  • These efforts have led to a lessening in the severity of trauma cases seen at the hospital

Challenges

  • New trauma risks arise continuously, requiring constant updating of educational information (brochures, website, etc.) and proactive lobbying with all levels of government and larger associations
  • With limited resources available, efforts are concentrated on organizations with the most potential impact on large numbers of peopleAnnual Budget ($135,000)
  • An amount of $100,000 per year is required to simply maintain the programs ongoing activities in terms of community outreach, government relations and education
  • A further $35,000 is needed to publish the third edition of the hospital’s widely distributed “Concussion Kit”

How Can I Get Involved?