Firearm injuries are more likely than other types of trauma to kill or severely wound children and teens, according to a recent study.
Researchers found that from 2000 to 2008, firearms were involved in 1.9% of 6920 youth injuries at 2 level I trauma centers in Colorado. These wounds were more likely to require intensive care (50.4%) compared with injuries from other causes (19.3%); they also were more likely to be fatal (13.2%) than other types of trauma (1.7%). Youths with firearm injuries were more likely than those with other types of injuries to be adolescent males and to have self-inflicted wounds.
From JAMA ’s Daily News Site. JAMA. 2013;309(24):2541. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7329