Injury Prevention is a Public Health Priority in Hawaii
Injuries in Hawaii are responsible for more deaths from the first year of life through age 40 than all other causes combined, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Among residents of all ages, injury is the fourth leading cause of death and disability. The vast majority of injuries, however, are non-fatal and can lead to a range of outcomes, including temporary pain and inconvenience, disability, chronic pain, or a complete change in lifestyle.
During an average week in Hawaii:
- 15 residents die from an injury
- 103 are hospitalize
- Nearly 1,640 are treated in emergency departments
While the greatest impact of injury is in human suffering, the financial cost is staggering. In Hawaii, medical treatment for injuries generated nearly $455 million in hospital charges.
Ten leading causes of death among Hawaii residents, by age group, 2014-2018
Leading Causes of Injury Mortality and Morbidity among Hawaii Residents1