The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released a collaborative report detailing the impact that injuries have on our society, as well as the steps currently being taken to prevent them.
The Good and the Bad
Aside from identifying the states with both positive and negative injury-related death rates, the report illustrates the correlations between states with adequate policies and a history of success in preventing serious and fatal injuries.
The report found that there are 57.9 injury-related fatalities per 100,000 Americans nationwide each year. New Mexico was ranked highest in the nation in regard to injury-related deaths, with a rate of 97.8 per 100,000 people. New Jersey had the lowest at 36.1 per 100,000.
Each state in the country was also individually ranked based on policies designed to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. States received a point for each of the ten key indicators, with a possible total of ten points. California and New York had the highest overall ranking with a total of nine points each, while Montana and Idaho were tied for the lowest score with two points.
How Washington State Fares in the Study
The study is a positive sign for both Washington state residents and policymakers alike. The injury-related death rate was almost identical to the national average – Washington had 58.1 deaths per 100,000 people, while the average was 57.9 per 100,000.
For comparison purposes, the study included a graph that ranks each state by its injury-related fatality rate. Washington state’s rate of 58.1 per 100,000 people has it ranked at 34th overall.
Washington also scored well in terms of the prevention score it received. Along with Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon and Rhode Island, Washington state received a score of eight points for injury prevention policies and laws.
The negative side of the report was the financial implications associated with injury-related deaths in the state of Washington. According to the TFAH and RWJF, the lifetime medical costs due to fatal injury in Washington totaled approximately $36.4 million.
The authors concluded that millions of injuries could be prevented each year if more states adopted, implemented and enforced policies and laws similar to those states that received high rankings, such as Washington.
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