Prevention is Possible: How Head Restraints Can Prevent Whiplash Injuries

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1. Prevention is Possible: How Head Restraints Can Prevent Whiplash Injuries

2. Who, what, when, why & how? Researchers: D. Romilly (Pr. Lead – UBC, Mech. Eng.) M. White (UBC, Fam. Med. – CIRPD) E. Desirapriya (UBC Ped. BCIRPU) P. Lawrence (UBC, Elec. & Com. Eng.) J.S. Blouin (UBC, Hum. Kinetics) G. Siegmund (UBC, Hum. Kin. – MEA) A. Snowdon (U Windsor – Business) Sponsors:

3. Who, what, when, why & how?

4. Who, what, when, why & how?

5. Who, what, when, why & how?

6. Who, what, when, why & how?

7. In Canada whiplash injuries account for over 2 million insurance claims each year In British Columbia alone, the economic costs exceed C$ 600 million/year (ICBC) Whiplash injuries account for more than 70% of all bodily injury claims (Navan et al., 2000). Cost is in terms of lost work productivity medical care disability sick leave litigation

13. Studies have shown that properly adjusted “good” rated head restraints can reduce serious neck injuries by 35%

14. Raise the head restraint (HR) so that the center of the head restraint is slightly above the top of the ear The head restraint should be 2 - 8 centimeters from the back of your head When adjusted properly the head restraint can be very effective in preventing injuries

18. Social market planning methods involved conducting a critical appraisal of the current literature and identification of credible web resources, planning of a web-portal, holding focus groups, establishing stakeholder-based working committees. These committees assist with the development and testing of surveys to assess awareness and knowledge, and the planning and implementation of social marketing activities.Social market planning methods involved conducting a critical appraisal of the current literature and identification of credible web resources, planning of a web-portal, holding focus groups, establishing stakeholder-based working committees. These committees assist with the development and testing of surveys to assess awareness and knowledge, and the planning and implementation of social marketing activities.

19. Completion of literature review and book - Head Restraints and Whiplash: The Past, Present and Future Development of credible content Initial focus group & fleet managers survey Beta version of web portal: www.whiplashprevention.org BC Fleet Manager Presentation (June 18, 2010) International Cochrane Systematic Review (Protocol stage) Establishment of Advisory Steering Committee (July 2010) Road-side observational survey (on-going)

21. Pilot-testing head restraint prevalence surveillance system at organizations with large passenger car fleets in BC To conduct intervention programs at different organizations Completion of International Cochrane Systematic Review

23. Refining web-based tool Users select make, model, type, year Head restraint rating Overall safety rating Green ratings Cost Selection of better alternatives Best across all categories

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26. Air Canada BC Hydro BC Automobile Association Burnaby City Hall Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability Health Employers Association of BC Insurance Corporation  of BC Massage Therapists Association of BC MEA Forensics New Car Dealers of BC Physiotherapy Association of BC Terasen Gas Auto21 should be and should be at the top, alone and highlighted!Auto21 should be and should be at the top, alone and highlighted!

27. AUTO21 Biomechanical Research & Testing, LLC  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Thatcham Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) Insurance Bureau of Canada. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit UBC Departments of Family Practice, Pediatrics & Mechanical Engineering Auto21 should be and should be at the top, alone and highlighted!Auto21 should be and should be at the top, alone and highlighted!

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