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?

Dearest Bucksters,

 

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Chairman, Bruce Charron. Bruce was in a tragic and fatal ski accident at Jay Peak on Sunday February 10 th.

 

To label Bruce our Chairman does not begin to describe the impact of a truly amazing individual. Bruce was a husband, father, grandfather, mentor, friend, and award winning community leader. Not only did he hold each of these titles, he excelled to the highest degree at all.

 

His indelible mark will be honored with services to be held this coming Monday, February 18th at the:

 

Mount Royal Funeral Complex
1297 Forest Rd.
Outremont H2V 2P9

 

Visitation 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Service 4:00PM

 

The Charron family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bruce’s memory to the charity that he dedicated so much of his life to, Andy Collins For Kids .

 

Please note there is very limited parking at the Mount Royal Cemetery parking lots. It is strongly suggested that you come by Taxi, Uber or car pool.