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New study documents increasing frequency, cost, and severity of gunshot wounds that require surgical intervention

From the August 10 2020 news release from the American College of Surgeons

Researchers hope findings drive changes to address violence and hospital costs

“The rise in firearm violence has coincided with an increase in the severity of injuries firearms inflict as well as the cost of operations to treat those injuries; policy makers must be more aggressive in addressing violence to curb these trends, researchers report in a large national study of gunshot wounds that appears as an “article in press” on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website ahead of print.

“Taken together, our findings suggest that gun violence has increased in numbers, at least for the sector that meets surgical criteria, and that these injuries result in a substantial financial burden in addition to the obvious psychosocial burden and other downstream effects..

August 17, 2020 - Posted by | Medical and Health Research News, statistics | ,

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