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Between 1995 and 2007, pulmonary hospitalizations increased by 7 percent, accounting for 7 percent of all discharges in 2007. Pneumonia, respiratory infections, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were the most common types of pulmonary hospitalizations.

In 2007, 58 percent of pulmonary patients were covered under Medicare. Because the risk of pneumonia increases with age, continued increases in pulmonary discharges are expected. Immunization for pneumonia and influenza, especially for the elderly population, and ambulatory treatment of asthma are important steps in promoting health status and decreasing hospitalizations for pulmonary illnesses.

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Source: Hawaii Health Information Corporation, Inpatient Database.
Note: Based on county of residence of discharged patient.