The Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa is involved with many programs and community-based
groups in an effort to have a positive impact on injury prevention.
Up to 90% of injury is the result of predictable and preventable events. We
all make choices that can reduce or prevent us from getting injured. Injury is
the leading killer of our youth. It kills more people between the ages of 1 and
44 than all other causes of death combined. Injury Prevention is aimed at teaching people about the safe choices that they can
make, that will prevent them from getting injured.
Parachute is a charitable organization helping Canadians stop the clock on predictable and preventable injuries.
Each year in Canada, preventable injuries kill more Canadian children than any single disease, and more youth than all other causes combined.
- 13,000 deaths
- 60,000 disabilities
- 200,000 hospital stays
- 3 million emergency room visits
- a $20 billion economic burden to the Canadian economy
- and worst of all, 1 child dies every 9 hours.
Five days per month during the school year, a group of teens aged 15-18 are brought in to the hospital to learn about trauma (i.e. injury). The purpose of the P.A.R.T.Y. Program is to provide useful, relevant information to young people about injury, that will enable the participants to recognize potential injury-producing situations, to make informed prevention-oriented choices about activities, and to adopt behaviours and actions that minimize risk.