Backcountry Travel Emergencies in Arctic Canada: A Pilot Study in Public Health Surveillance
AbstractResidents in the Canadian Arctic regularly travel in remote, backcountry areas. This can pose risks for injuries and death, and create challenges for emergency responders and health systems. We aimed to describe the extent and characteristics of media-reported backcountry travel emergencies in two Northern Canadian territories (Nunavut and Northwest Territories). A case-series of all known incidents between 2004 and 2013 was established by identifying events in an online search of two media outlets, Nunatsiaq News and Northern News Services. We identified 121 incidents; these most commonly involved young men, and death occurred in just over 25% of cases. The territories differed in the seasonal patterns. News media provides a partial source of data to estimate the extent and characteristics of backcountry emergencies. This information is needed to improve emergency preparedness and health system responsiveness in the Arctic. View Full-Text
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Young, S.K.; Tabish, T.B.; Pollock, N.J.; Young, T.K. Backcountry Travel Emergencies in Arctic Canada: A Pilot Study in Public Health Surveillance. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 276.
Young SK, Tabish TB, Pollock NJ, Young TK. Backcountry Travel Emergencies in Arctic Canada: A Pilot Study in Public Health Surveillance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2016; 13(3):276.Chicago/Turabian Style
Young, Stephanie K.; Tabish, Taha B.; Pollock, Nathaniel J.; Young, T. K. 2016. "Backcountry Travel Emergencies in Arctic Canada: A Pilot Study in Public Health Surveillance." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 13, no. 3: 276.
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