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Find out what courses are coming up and read about trauma services in the news.
Upcoming events
Advanced Trauma Life Support Course
  • Royal Columbian Hospital Medical Education Area

Trauma Nursing Core Course

BC Trauma Rounds

VGH Trauma Rounds

Join us every Tuesday at noon for VGH Trauma Rounds (via Zoom).

October 11: The Traumatized Airway – Anatomy, Physiology, and Case Studies.

  • Dr. Navraj Chima, Dr. Matthew Walker, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care.

October 18: Regional Trauma Rounds – LGH – The X-files: Unexplained Traumatic Deaths.

  • Dr. Sean Staniforth, Emergency Department Head, Trauma Medical Director, LGH

October 25: IVC Injuries.

  • Dr. Barak Raguan, Trauma Fellow, VGH

Download the Trauma Rounds poster.

Online participants: Zoom meeting

Visit the VGH Trauma Services website to learn how to join the online rounds.

Recent VGH trauma rounds available on VGH trauma website

Weekly trauma sessions are recorded and the link is posted on the VGH Trauma Services website

Recordings of weekly rounds are uploaded to the VGH Trauma website within 1-2 days of the session.

Recent events

October 17, 2021: Trauma Survivors Day in B.C.

An official proclamation from the B.C. government established October 17 as Trauma Survivors Day in B.C., a day to acknowledge individuals and their families who have survived a traumatic injury and may be living with the physical and mental impacts.

Why promote awareness of survivors of traumatic injury?

The overall impact of traumatic injury is staggering. For people under age 45 in Canada, it is the principal cause of death. In B.C. the yearly cost of injury exceeds $4.5 billion, and of the 750,000 British Columbians injured each year, about 1,500 die, and 9,000 suffer permanent physical and mental disability.

90 per cent of the 750,000 injuries are predictable and preventable.

In terms of sports and recreation, the most common types of sports injuries in B.C. are related to cycling, skiing/snowboarding, all-terrain vehicle use, playground use, hockey and skateboarding. Children and youth aged 10 to 19 years old sustain the greatest number of sports injuries.

We have tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe at home and in the community. Read our injury prevention tips.

April 12 - 16, 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the Trauma Association of Canada 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference that was held April 12 – 16! We were thrilled to host 819 registered delegates, which surpassed last year’s record of 775 in November and is significantly more than the average of 300 who attend in person. 

We had registrants from as far afield as India, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Egypt, Germany, Botswana, Ireland, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Japan, Qatar, the United States and Mexico, who were able to join us virtually! We look forward to seeing their contributions to the platform over the next year so we can all share in each others’ learning.

This year we hosted:

  • 6 plenary sessions with live Q&A
  • 57 invited speaker talks
  • 42 oral abstracts and 24 poster abstract presentations
  • 5 days of content
  • 8 exhibitors
Special thanks to our B.C. partners from B.C. Emergency Health Services, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver Coastal Health, Island Health Authority, Fraser Health Authority, Northern Health Authority, Island Health Trauma Programs, B.C. Injury Prevention Committee, as well as our planning committee and our physician and nursing colleagues across B.C.!

October 15, 2019 

We partnered with Health Emergency Management BC to provide Stop the Bleed® training for PHSA employees at 1333 West Broadway, Vancouver. Over 40 PHSA employees joined the training session and learned how to stop a person from bleeding out!

May 24, 2019

How do you stop a person from bleeding to death? It can be as simple as ABC:

Alert: call 9-1-1
Bleeding: find the bleeding injury
Compress: apply pressure to stop the bleeding

We were thrilled to introduce Stop the Bleed® training to B.C. in our training blitz! 

TSBC partnered with Society of Professionals in Emergency Care and BC Emergency Health Services to bring training to almost 200 people in 9 locations across B.C on May 23.

For more information about Stop the Bleed®, visit
To get trained, send us an email

Get trained. Save a life.

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May 17, 2019

The Provincial Trauma Forum was a success!

We extend a sincere thank you to everyone who joined us on May 16 at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC. Your participation and engagement was integral to the success of the Forum.

The theme for the forum:
Creating one system of care for Trauma in BC

Integration    Collaboration    Performance    Innovation


Dr. David Evans, Trauma Surgeon, led a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of providing advanced trauma care in B.C.


We were joined by 100 guests  – all partners in trauma care across the province – to lay the ground work for collaborative trauma system planning.

In the news

October 17, 2022: B.C. Physical Trauma Survivors Day: Trauma survivor Sandy Richards describes the incident that caused a brain injury and what he is doing now to help young adults avoid the same situation. Read the article.

July 20, 2022: Be water smart: Drowning is preventable: Over 70 British Columbians die in preventable water-related incidents each year. July 17-23 is National Drowning Prevention Week, which aims to bring awareness and education to prevent drowning. Learn more.

July 1, 2022: Trauma Awareness Week: What's your plan to prevent injury?
The overall impact of traumatic injury in B.C. is staggering. Thinking ahead and having a plan can help prevent injuries. Here are our tips for creating a plan of your own.

May 2022: TSBC Newsletter
Get the latest updates in the TSBC newsletter.

Oct. 15, 2021: In honour of Trauma Survivors Day, we spoke with PHSA employee Ruth Hartnup, who was recently injured in a mountain biking accident. Hear the important safety precaution she took before her crash which prevented further injury. Read the article.

Feb. 4, 2021: A recent collaboration between two PHSA teams will mean better emergency care for trauma patients from 9-1-1 call to hospital discharge. Read the full article.

Jan. 16, 2020: PHSA issued a news release from Trauma Services BC offering expert tips to keep skiers and snowboarders safe from serious injury. The news release was picked up by several media outlets, including CKNW, Whistlers' Pique Newsmagazine, Castanet in Kelowna and North Shore News. Read the news release.

October 17, 2019: Trauma Survivors Day in BC. Three years after a car crash left him with a traumatic brain injury, Ryan Jones has made remarkable progress in his recovery, but faces ongoing challenges. Read the full article.

July 2019: Trauma Services BC congratulates Northern Health
BC for being recognized with a prestigious 
BC Health Care Award for Top Innovation!

May 2019: Father speaks out about window safety in this article from BC Children's Hospital.

May 2019: CTV News on Summer safety for kids: Dr. Genevieve Ernst Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the Trauma Program at BC Children's Hospital speaks to CTV News.

Jan 2019: Vancouver Sun: A bolt drilled through the skull is rescuing patient with traumatic brain injuries at VGH.
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