Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Injuries and Prevention

Pedestrian Injuries

Emergency Visits
Hospitalizations
Deaths

Emergency Visits

According to the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), there were over 240 emergency visits for pedestrian injured in transport accidents in Simcoe Muskoka in 2017. The age-standardized rate for pedestrian injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2017 was 43.3 (38.0, 49.2) visits per 100,000 population, which was significantly lower than the Ontario rate of 50.2 (49.0, 51.4) per 100,000 population.

The trend in the pedestrian injury emergency visit rates in Ontario was relatively flat over the 15-year period from 2003 to 2017. The Simcoe Muskoka rate drop significantly from 2004 to 2005 and has remained relatively stable since 2005. It is unclear why the rates in Simcoe Muskoka from 2005 to 2017 were significantly lower than the 2003 to 2004 rates. The Simcoe Muskoka pedestrian injury emergency visit rate was below the provincial rate for the past 13 years (2005 to 2017).

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The age-standardized rate for pedestrian injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka among males in 2017 was 46.6 (38.9, 55.4) visits per 100,000, which was not significantly different from the Simcoe Muskoka female rate of 39.5 (32.5, 47.8) visits per 100,000. The 2017 pedestrian injury emergency visit rates for Ontario males and females was not significantly different from the comparable local rates.

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The age-specific rate for pedestrian injury emergency visits between 2013 and 2017 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among those 20 to 44 years of age at 53.2 (50.6, 57.8) visits per 100,000 populations and those 20 to 44 years of age at 51.4 (48.4, 54.4) visits per 100,000. The age-specific Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly lower than the comparable provincial rates for adults 45 years of age and older; however, the local rates were similar to the provincial rates for those under 45 years of age.

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The pedestrian injury emergency visit rate for children and youth under 20 years of age has decreased significantly over the 15-year time period from 2003 to 2017, both locally and across the province.

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For the time period from 2011 to 2016 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, pedestrian injury emergency visit rate among those living in neighbourhoods with highest prevalence of low-income was twice as high when compared with the rates for those living in all other areas.

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Hospitalizations

On average, there were approximately 40 hospitalizations per year for pedestrian related injuries in Simcoe Muskoka between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, the rate of pedestrian injury hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka among all ages and both sexes was 8.1 (5.9, 10.7) admissions per 100,000 which was similar to the comparable provincial rate of 7.9 (7.4, 8.4) admissions per 100,000. Over the past 15 years of available data, from 2003 to 2017, the pedestrian injury hospitalization rate was significantly higher for males when compared with females and this was true both locally and for the province as a whole.

For the time-period from 2013 to 2017 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, the age-specific hospitalization rate was highest among older seniors (75+) at 14.0 (9.5, 20.0) admissions per 100,000 in Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole.

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Deaths

Over the 16-year period between 2000 and 2015, 81 Simcoe Muskoka pedestrians died in transport accidents. More than two-thirds of the decedents were males and four-in-five deaths were as a result of a traffic collision. Pedestrian mortality is highest among older seniors (75 years of age and older). The pedestrian mortality rate in Simcoe Muskoka was not significantly different from the comparable provincial rate for any age-group over this twelve-year period. The death data come from the Vital Statistics database for Ontario.

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