May 20, 2010 10:35 ET

Trauma season begins this weekend

Traveling to the cottage or staying home this May long weekend should not involve a trip to the hospital

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - The long weekend in May is one that many people look forward to, but for trauma units across the country it is also the beginning of what is known as "trauma season", which extends from the Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving.

Trauma statistics from last years May long weekend at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre included motor vehicle crashes, falls, recreational incidents, motorcycle collisions and stabbings.

Traditionally this is a time for people to open their cottage, put their boats in the water, crack open a beer, which often leads to an increase in riskier behaviour.

For those staying at home it's also a time to garden, cut the lawn, clear eaves troughs, wash windows, and fire up the barbecue which can result in a variety of traumatic injuries.

"Everyone wants to enjoy the first long weekend leading into summer, including those working in trauma. As a tip we ask people to take a moment to think about what they're about to do before they actually do it," says Joanne Banfield, former Trauma Nurse and Manager of the RBC First Office for Injury Prevention at Sunnybrook.

Talk with Joanne Banfield, on the risks that exist during trauma season and the steps you can take to make smart decisions and stay safe.

To schedule an interview with Joanne today or tomorrow, please don't hesitate to contact Sunnybrook's Communications & Stakeholder Relations Department.

Contact Information

  • Laura Bristow, Communications Advisor
    Primary Phone: 416-480-4040