Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death for British Columbians 15-45 years of age and are one of the largest contributors to the health care system.
What is trauma?
Trauma refers to physical injuries of sudden onset and severity that require immediate medical attention. Trauma often involves multiple injuries that span multiple body systems — for example, a patient who comes in with a brain injury, fractured bones, and an organ injury.
Fraser Health is part of the integrated B.C. trauma system — a network consisting of provincial health authorities and agencies committed to providing the highest level of care to trauma patients. Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) and Abbotsford Regional Hospital (ARH) are Fraser Health’s regional referral centres for trauma care.
In 2015/16, Fraser Health treated 128,785 trauma patients. Nearly 40% of those were seen by RCH and ARH. The majority of these patients were male (58%) and the leading causes of trauma injuries are fall-related (53%), with motor vehicle related injuries coming in second (15%).