It cost nearly $ 3 billion to care for the children – 75,000 of them, or about 8,300 per year – who, according to a first study, spent nine years in emergency departments of gunshot wounded hospitals. According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics magazine on Monday, researchers from Johns Hopkins recognized that three-thirds of these children were hospitalized and six percent were killed
The researchers, who analyzed the data from 2006 to 2014, found that there was an increase Firearms fixed injuries of children and adolescents in the last year of the study. They said recent mass shootings, such as the Valentine's Day Massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, point to an urgent need to understand trends in firearm injuries in the youth population.
"While mass shootings attract significant media and social media attention, unfortunately, they are not a good reflection of the actual load of firearm injuries," Dr. Faiz Gani, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Surgery Center for Findings and one of the authors of the study, in a press release.
The study found that every 1
(Get Across America Patch's daily newsletter and real-time news notifications, or find your local patch here and subscribe Like us on Facebook You can also download the free Patch iPhone app or the free Android patch app.) 19659006] Using data from Gani and his team analyzed data from a nationwide representative sample of 75,086 individuals younger than 18 years old in the United States, an emergency department with a gun strike, in the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, the nationwide emergency department sample health-cost and utilization project
About 86 percent of them were men with a D average age 18 years. During the study period, men were five times more likely to be in an emergency department with af. Injuries to men and women aged 15-17 years were the most common with approximately 86 emergency rooms per 100,000 people.
49 percent of the visits were due to attacks, 38 percent were due to gunshot injuries and 2 percent were for suicides, the researchers said. On average, the cost of emergency and inpatient treatment was $ 2,445 and $ 44,996 per incident, respectively, resulting in annual losses of $ 270 million.
"Our study not only highlights the significant clinical burden and associated loss of life bullet wounds, but also reiterates the major economic and financial consequences of these injuries for patients and their families," said Gani.
Dr. Robert Sage, co-author of an American Academy of Pediatrics gun violations policy, told The Associated Press that firearms violence goes beyond mass shootings. Sage, a professor of medicine at Tufts University, was not involved in the research.
"It is extremely sad that these children grow up in fear and interfere with their ability to feel safe and at home and at school," said Sage. "It has a tremendous ripple effect on children's development."
The National Rifle Association and other members of the gun lobby have put pressure on the government, which is restricting research into gun violations and death. Dr. Denise Dowd, an emergency physician at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, said this has contributed to gaps in understanding the scale of the problem.
"It's really important that we have an idea of the magnitude of lost and injured lives and how much money we spend … so we can prioritize it as a national health project," Dowd told the AP, adding that more should be known about effective prevention measures.
"We need national surveillance systems, such as car accidents, to track those violations and find out the circumstances," she said.
Gani added, "As a system we have to do a lot better and can only improve if we focus on our efforts to understand these injuries and develop guidelines that prevent these injuries to our children."
In July, a study by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that the number of homicides in the US skyrocketed 31 percent from 2014 to 2016.
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