Monday, October 14, 2013

Gunshot Injuries in Children: An Emergency Services Perspective

With so much news nowadays about guns and gun violence, one wonders how much of the violence involves children and teenagers—recognizing that all it takes is one gunshot injury to anyone to raise concern.

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This week, Newgard et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1350) share the results of a population-based retrospective cohort study involving children younger than 19 years injured by guns and seen in almost 100 hospitals spread across five regions of the western United States. The authors compared gunshot injuries with other types of injury in terms of severity, need for surgery, mortality and acute care costs, among other variables. Fortunately, while the percentage of children and teens experiencing gunshot injuries is small in this study, the variables studied all suggest that compared to other injuries, these are the most severe.

If you need further evidence to advocate for better protection of children and teens from guns, then take aim at this article and learn more. It will make you an even stronger advocate for injury prevention and reducing access of children and adolescents to these weapons.

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