Monday, January 27, 2014

Hospitalizations for Firearm Injuries: How Frequent Are They?

With so much being reported nowadays about the dangers of unsecured firearms being used near or by children and teenagers, one wonders just how common non-life threatening injuries are.

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Leventhal et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1809) decided to study the national frequency of firearm-related hospitalizations in children and teens under 20 years of age categorized by cause and
demographics from a national inpatient database. Injuries were labeled from diagnostic codes in the database as due to assault, suicide attempt, unintentional or undetermined with incidences then calculated accordingly and risk ratios used to compare the various incidences. The authors categorize the etiology not just by cause, but also by gender, age and race/ethnicity.

The results are troubling and worth paying attention to in regard to prevention strategies you might help champion for our own patients, your community, state, or as the AAP is doing—from a national perspective. If you ever needed the ammunition to do something about firearm injuries in children, this article may be exactly what you need to take aim at preventing these tragic injuries from occurring.

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