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Weapons send over 8,000 US children to ER every year, says the analysis

Gun injuries, including many from seizures, sent 75,000 US children and teens to emergency services over nine years at a…

Gun injuries, including many from seizures, sent 75,000 US children and teens to emergency services over nine years at a cost of nearly $ 3 billion, a first-rate study found.

Researchers called the first national representative study on ER visits for gun injuries among American children. They found that more than a third of the injured children were hospitalized and 6 percent died. Damage declined during most of the 2006-14 study, but it was a boost during the last year.

The researchers found that 11 out of 100,000 children and teens treated in the American Emergency Room have injuries to the gun. It amounts to approximately 8,300 children each year.

However, the scope of the problem is broader; The study does not include children killed or injured by shots who never made it to the hospital, nor do they cover the costs of shooting patients after they were sent home.

“I do not know what else we need to see in the world to get together and address this problem,” said Dr. Faiz Gani, the principal author and a researcher at Johns Hopkins University Medical School.

The study is an analysis of estimates of emergency visit visits in a national database created by the US Government Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The researchers focused on victims under 1

8 years. The average age was around 15.

Almost half of the gun injuries were from assaults, almost 40 Percentage was accidental and 2 percent was suicide. There were five times more ER visits for boys than for girls.

Pediatric ER visit for gun injuries dropped from a frequency of 15 per 100,000 in 2006 to about 7 per 100,000 2013 , then jumped to 10 per 100,000 2014, latest data.

University funding was paid for the analysis, published Monday at JAMA Pediatrics.

The results drug saying that violence violence involving children stretches beyond massacre that gets the most attention, says Dr. Robert Sege, co-author of an American Academy of Pediatric Weapons Damage Policy.

“It’s unusually sad because these children grow up in fear and it affects their ability to feel safe and comfortable at home or at school. It has a huge ripple effect on children’s development,” says Sege, a professor of medicine that does not were involved in the research.

Press from the gunlobe has limited funding from the United States Government for Crime and Death Research, which has led to major gaps in the bottom. It was very important that we had an idea of ​​the extent of the lost and injured life and how much money we are, says Dr. Denise Dowd, a doctor at Barns Graduate Hospital in Kansas City. spending … so we can prioritize it as a public health problem. “

But she said that much more needs to be known for prevention.

” We need national surveillance systems just like we do with deaths in motor vehicles, to trace these injuries and find out about the circumstances, “she says.


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