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STAY SAFE THIS LONG WEEKEND AMID RETURN TO BOATING AND OTHER RECREATION

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STAY SAFE THIS LONG WEEKEND AMID RETURN TO BOATING AND OTHER RECREATION

While we continue as a region to social distance and help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Windsor Regional Hospital’s Regional Trauma Program would like to take the opportunity to remind you to include safety in your plans.

The long weekend in May has always marked the unofficial opening of the trauma season and we would like for our region to help us in our efforts to keep our trauma stretchers empty.

As a region, we noticed almost a 10% increase in the most severe injury as part of our trauma centre patient volumes last year. The fact remains that 90% of all the injury we treat remains predictable and preventable.

With our nicer weather and the holiday weekend, please take the opportunity to:

  • Choose to wear a helmet if you bike, use a scooter, skateboard, or inline skate, no matter how old you are, as head injury doesn’t discriminate. Make sure your helmet fits properly too:
  • If you are getting the boat out or starting motorized fun on the water, please participate sober and don’t forget your properly fitted Personal Floatation Device
  • Protect your children and all swimmers in backyard pools 
  • Continue to help us keep our shared roadways safe by always obeying posted road signs, speed limits, and laws, don’t drive distracted, and always drive sober from any impairing drug. Alcohol and marijuana remain our top two drugs found in our seriously injured motor vehicle occupants. The injury cost from impaired driving is 100% preventable and 32% of fatally injured drivers in Canada, aged 16 to 19, tested positive for marijuana (Marijuana Use Among Drivers in Canada 2000-2015-7) Continue your efforts at social distancing, have fun with the warmer weather activities, and please include safety in your plans. This long weekend and always, please help us at Windsor Regional’s Trauma Centre, to keep our trauma stretchers empty.

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