Navigation Links
Protecting children from firearm violence
Date:10/27/2013

ORLANDO, Fla. Firearm-related injuries in children and adolescents are an important cause of preventable injury and mortality. Recent national shooting tragedies involving children have resulted in new efforts to study the problem and find solutions to reduce this type of injury. In an abstract presented Monday, Oct. 28, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, researchers sought to determine the local trends and characteristics of pediatric firearm injuries and deaths, especially those involving children under age 14.

The abstract, "A Six Year Retrospective Review of Pediatric Firearm Injuries," reviewed child and adolescent firearm injury data from an urban Level 1 trauma center between January 2005 and December 2010, including injury site, the method of transportation to the hospital, and patient disposition. For patients ages 14 and younger, researchers reviewed trauma center, hospital, and rescue records for shooting details including gun type and shooter characteristics and treatment information such as procedures, discharge diagnoses, medical and social history.

There were 456 patients age 18 and younger with firearm injuries, including 78 patients younger than age 14. Most patients were male (86 percent) and African-American (80 percent). The death rate was 7 percent.

The most common injury sites for children under age 14 were the extremities (51 percent), trunk (41 percent), head (16 percent) and neck (9 percent). Patients ages 5 to 9 were six times more likely to have multiple injury sites compared to children ages 10 to 14.

"Further analysis of our firearm injury data found that children less than 14 years of age differ from those age 15 to 18 in several key areas," said study author Phyllis Hendry, MD, FAAP. "They are four times more likely to be shot at home and are much more likely to arrive by ambulance than by private car or walk in. Older teens often walk in or are dropped off at emergency department entrances. Over 60 percent of the time, the shooter and the type of firearm were unknown."

Emergency records often lack important details necessary to help develop effective crime and injury- prevention strategies, according to the abstract.

"Future firearm prevention initiatives must explore improved methods of linking Emergency Medical Services, hospital and law enforcement records," said study co-author Andrea Suen, MD, FAAP.


'/>"/>

Contact: Susan Stevens Martin
ssmartin@aap.org
847-434-7131
American Academy of Pediatrics
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Keeping it local: Protecting the brain starts at the synapse
2. Protecting specific area of the brain during radiation therapy substantially reduces memory loss
3. Disaster Webinar to Detail Protecting Data and Apps in the Cloud
4. Expert to Offer Tips on Protecting Data from Cyber Attacks
5. Protecting the body in good times and bad
6. TheBeautyPlace.com Features Protecting the Skin This Summer Has Never Been Easier, Just Remember Multiples of 5
7. Ethical quandary about vaccinations sparked by tension between parental rights and protecting public health
8. Kowalli Offers Tips for Protecting Your Baby This Summer
9. Protecting Landscapes from Wildlife Damage
10. Cosmetic Surgery – Protecting Consumers from Unlicensed Practitioners
11. The Truck Accident Victims’ Guide By Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP: Protecting Yourself After A Collision With A Tractor-Trailer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/30/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 30, 2016 , ... ... Duane Boise, President and CEO of EMED, today signed a multifaceted agreement which ... EMED and the Northern Caribbean University Department of Natural and Applied Sciences, Allied ...
(Date:4/30/2016)... ... ... Orlando-based Maximized Living has selected Dr. Nick Wilson of Indianapolis to support ... care of Maximized Living doctors at the London Olympics in 2012, U.S. wrestlers won ... the largest contingent of elite chiropractors to Rio to support and care for members ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... In an article published April ... enthusiasm for Botox and lip injections, which she underwent in order to feel more ... Music and Arts Festival. The article explains that Ms. Mirmelli’s situation is not unique; ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Shamangelic Healing, Sedona ... Onnit brand Alpha BRAIN and New Mood Daily-Stress Formula for brain optimization and ... products to the store is just one more way Shamangelic Healing supports people’s ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... our nation’s productivity, stability, even security. Most importantly, employees are the single most ... why are American workers so unhappy? , Just under half of American workers ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... BASEL , Schweiz, April 27, 2016 ... des Sachs CEO Forums in Zürich ... Phase-II-Studie ihres führenden Wirkstoffkandidaten STR001 zur Erhaltung ... (CI) eingesetzt wurde, bekannt. Für die umfassende ... Deutschland und Frankreich angeworben. STR001 wird während ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... -- Elekta today announced that its leading-edge ... focal point of seven scientific presentations at ESTRO 35, ... & Oncology, taking place April 29 - May 3. ... and a high-field MRI scanner with sophisticated software that ... in real time. The MR-linac is designed to improve ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... , April 27, 2016 ... initiative to save newborns   ... for women & newborns in collaboration with Breast Milk Foundation ... the first Pasteurized Human Milk Bank, ,Amaara, in Delhi-NCR today. ... nutritional food source for infants and should be available to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: