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Rate of firearm-related injuries fell between 2006 and 2013

OCTOBER 23, 2017
Clinical Congress Daily Highlights, Monday Second Edition

Although their incidence seems to be decreasing, firearm-related injuries (FRIs) continue to represent a significant clinical and financial burden in the United States, according to an epidemiological study presented Monday.

There are few nationally representative epidemiological data evaluating firearm-related injuries (FRIs), said Faiz Gani, MBBS, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. He and his colleagues decided to create such a dataset by identifying patients in the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample who presented with an FRI between 2006 and 2013.

The researchers identified 640,791 emergency department admissions, or 26.0 FRI admissions per 100,000 individuals. The highest FRI incidence was among younger patients (20-29 years old), especially males. Almost half (48.8 percent) were discharged home and  36.5 percent were admitted to inpatient care; 8.1 percent died. Death was highest among older (60-plus years old) patients and those who had attempted suicide.

The mean ED charges were $4,870 and mean inpatient charges were $92,904, totaling $23.5 billion ($2.4 billion for ED and $21.4 billion for inpatient charges).

Additional Information:

The Scientific Forum presentation, Epidemiology of Firearm-Related Injuries in the United States  From 2006 to 2013, was held October 23 at the 2017 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons in San Diego, CA.  Program, webcast and audio information is available online at FACS.org/clincon2017.

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