Why this is important: This is a measure of morbidity that may have been preventable by taking additional precautions or under different circumstances. Physical injury may limit an individual’s ability to fully interact with or contribute to the community. Additionally, community resources are used to provide medical care to these individuals.
Definition: Rate of inpatient hospitalizations due to unintentional injuries per 100,000 individuals. This number underestimates the prevalence of unintentional injuries because it does not capture the less severe injuries where hospitalization was not necessary.
Data Source: Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics. Calculations and presentation of data by Spokane Regional Health District, Data Center.