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Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018


Austria Center Vienna (ACV)


Use of injury data for effective and innovative safety promotion


Organised by

EUPHA Section on Injury prevention and safety promotion, EuroSafe European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion and BRIDGE-HEALTH BRidging Information and Data Generation for Evidence-based Health Policy and Research

EuroSafe is organising its annual seminar in Vienna, Wednesday 9 November 2016, in collaboration with the EUPHA Section on Injury prevention and safety promotion. This year, the joint EuroSafe-EUPHA seminar will look into the use of injury data for effective and innovative safety promotion and is supported also by the BRIDGE-Health project.

Scope and purpose

Reliable injury data are essential for making informed decisions about accident prevention priorities and in developing effective safety promotion initiatives. They are critical in harnessing political will, public support and the funding needed to undertake actions. Injury data are also required to evaluate the success and the cost-effectiveness of these actions.

Emergency Departments (EDs) of hospitals have proven to be the most valuable source of injury data, beside death certificates. EDs allow for the collection of data in sufficient number and relevant for prevention. Although great progress has been made in the past years regarding data quality, availability and accessibility, many challenges still remain.

European Commission co-funded projects, such as the Joint Action on Monitoring Injuries in Europe (JAMIE) and now the BRIDGE-Health project, have helped to create the European Injury Data Base (IDB) of national emergency department surveillance systems.  The IDB is managed by a very successful cross European network of National Injury Database Administrators (NDAs), with currently 26 countries collecting and sharing harmonised surveillance data to support policy initiatives and actions at European, national and regional level.

The aim of our preconference is to demonstrate the value of ED-based injury information both for health initiated policies and actions.  The preconference will showcase local and national level initiatives that are geared by injury data.

Who should attend?

All who play a part in safety promotion and injury prevention in Europe are encouraged to participate in the seminar. This includes those working in: 


09:00 - 10:30 Use of data in priority areas 

Chair: Phil Buckle, EuroSafe

Safety of consumer products and services, Mike Hayes, ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation, Belgium

Child safety promotion: good practices in German speaking countries, Gabriele Ellsäßer, Brandenburger State Office of Environment, Health and Consumer Protection, Germany

Monitoring alcohol-related injuries for prevention, Birgitte Blatter, Consumer Safety Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Measuring serious injuries on European roads, Robert Bauer, KFV-Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit, Vienna, Austria.

10:30- 11:00 Coffee/tea break 

11:00- 13:00 How injury data drives national and community policies (short paper presentations)

Chair: Anne Lounamaa, EUPHA

Examples of data use from the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland, Eve Griffin, National Suicide Research Foundation, University College Cork, Ireland

Use of hospital emergency department data to detect dangerous power tools involved in injuries in Luxembourg, Dritan Bejko, Institute of Public Health, Luxembourg

Bicycle accidents in The Netherlands: trends and new developments 2008-2016, Huib Valkenberg, Dutch Consumer Safety Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Unintentional injury in England: an analysis of the emergency care dataset pilot in Oxfordshire, Errol Taylor, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), United Kingdom

Seasonality and periodicities of external causes mortality (1980 to 2012): Is there a sex difference?, Emanuel Rodrigues, Ministério da Saude, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Lisbon, Portugal

Injury diagnoses is also a tool for monitoring, Johan Lund, University of Oslo, Norway

Vision zero for fatal child injuries in Austria, Monica Steiner, Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit-KFV, Vienna, Austria

Examples of the use of injury data in Lithuania, Neringa MadeikytÄ—, Institute of Hygiene, Vilnius, Lithuania

Ski Resorts: Safety Management based on Local and Hospital Data, Peter Spitzer, Research Center for Childhood Accidents at Safe Kids Austria, Graz

Burn epidemiology: feasibility of national data collection for all hospitalised patients in France, Jacques Latarjet, Burn Centre at St Joseph & St Luc Hospital, Lyon, France

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 - 15:30 Innovation and new technologies 

Chair: Ronan Lyons, BRIDGE-Health

Opportunities of data linkage, Samantha Turner, Farr Institute, Swansea University Medical School, United Kingdom

Injury indicators: challenges of country-level comparison, Rupert Kisser, EuroSafe-Injury Surveillance programme, Austria

Comprehensive and uniformly coded injury data delivered by care providers, Anne Lounamaa, National Institute of Health and Welfare, Finland

Discussion on new developments and opportunities for enhanced injury data use.

15:30 - 16:00 Refreshments and informal get together



Register now directly on the EPH Conference website: https://ephconference.eu/registration-fees-and-information-20

The registration fee is € 140 which includes buffet lunch and refreshments.

About the organisers

EuroSafe is the lead organisation for the exchange good practices in injury research and prevention in Europe through its networking programmes, publications and the series of annual European Injury Seminars. It is in official relationship with the World Health Organization's programme for violence and injury prevention and disability.


The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) aims to contribute to the improvement of public health in Europe. The EUPHA Section on Injury prevention and safety promotion aims to increase awareness of injury and violence prevention and safety promotion in the broader public health community and support the dissemination of research results and their implementation into practice. 


BRIDGE-HEALTH, BRidging Information and Data Generation for Evidence-based Health Policy and Research, has been launched in May this year. 
BRIDGE-HEALTH includes an “Injury Surveillance Platform”-Work package. The network of national Injury Data Base (IDB) centres serves as Platform and fulfils a core role in implementing continuous improvement in injury data gathering within European countries.


More information

Wim Rogmans, EuroSafe