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Firearm Injury Prevention Activities

Firearm injury continues to plague our country and potential solutions remain a high profile topic in the national debate.  While gun control is clearly a polarizing issue, other approaches to this public health problem may allow us (and perhaps other academic medical organizations) to lead an effort to find a common ground so that progress can be made in addressing firearm violence. American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) leadership and the Injury Prevention Committee have spearheaded an effort to work together and improve the quality of the conversation around how best to reduce firearm injury.

Violence Intervention Programs: A Primer for Developing a Comprehensive Program within Trauma Centers

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A group from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma’s (ACS COT) Injury Prevention and Control Committee was tasked with outlining a comprehensive approach to institute a sustainable hospital-based violence intervention program (HVIP). Below is a step-wise guide to establishing a working HVIP. It describes what is necessary to run a program at minimum, and is followed by an additional piece on resources for a “dream” program. It is intended to guide fledgling programs and perhaps save new programs from the pitfalls that often accompany this difficult work.

HVIP Primer

HVIP Slideset

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COT Firearms Injury Prevention Survey Results

The survey is designed to evaluate ACS COT member attitudes about firearm ownership, freedom, responsibility, physician-patient freedom, and policy with the objective of using survey results to inform firearm injury prevention policy. The following slides and accompanying document summarize the results. 

COT Firearms Injury Prevention Slideset

Summary of Final Survey Results Handout: COT Firearms Injury Prevention Survey

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Publications

Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action From 8 Health Professional Organizations and the American Bar Association
Annals of Internal Medicine, April 2015

Letter to the Editor: Stopping the Bleeding Is Not Enough
Annals of Surgery, August 2017

Special Session on Firearm Injury Prevention: Transforming Survey Results into Action
Clinical Congress News, October 2016

Survey of American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma members on firearm injury: Consensus and opportunities
Journal of Trauma Acute Care Surgery