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  • Traumatic injury affects all age groups from young children to the elderly.

  • Injury is the 5th leading cause of death overall in Canada [1] and the leading cause of death in the age group 1 to 37 years [2].

  • A significant proportion of the morbidity and mortality associated with injuries is preventable and occurs in younger people who are otherwise expected to have normal life expectancies and productivity.

  • Males and females have differing risks for injury, these differences have been present historically and continue today.

  • Seven of the fifteen major causes of death worldwide for men 15-44 years are related to injury [3].



1. Statcen (1997). Selected leading causes of death, by sex. Statistics Canada.

2. (1999). Firearm Mortality, Natl Viatl Stat Rep 47.

3. WHO (1999). Injury: A Leading Cause of the Global Burden of Disease. Geneva, World Health Organization.

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