The Injury Prevention and Control Program (IPCP) serves as the injury information center for the State of Hawai‘i. It has developed three main databases derived from death certificates, hospital admission records, and EMS ambulance reports. These data, particularly those from death certificates, are sometimes linked at the record level to other data sources (e.g., autopsy records) to obtain further detail. Other IPCP data resources include Ocean Safety, the Trauma Registry at The Queen’s Medical Center, the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, the Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS), and the Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR) from the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.
The data are analyzed to provide descriptive information on injury in Hawai‘i, to support injury prevention projects, and to respond to ad hoc information requests from the community. Requests have come from newspapers, television news stations, magazines, government agencies, students, and private groups. The IPCP currently has two personnel dedicated to providing injury information: an epidemiologist and a research statistician.
In addition to the acquisition and analysis of data, the IPCP is working to assess and improve the quality of injury data in Hawai‘i. The Program has sponsored a workshop on the injury coding (E-coding) of hospital records and is currently planning a study to assess the accuracy of injury coding in Hawai‘i.