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Knowledge of current trends in firearm injuries can help guide preventive policy. Allareddy and colleagues sought to determine the incidence of skull and facial fractures and intracranial injuries with hospitalizations due to firearm injuries, analyzing the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2003 to 2010. Most such hospitalizations were in adolescent males and young men. Intracranial injury with or without concomitant facial or skull fracture was associated with higher in-hospital mortality, as was lack of health insurance. Teaching institutions treated a higher proportion of the more complex cases and had increased mortality.
Highlights. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(4):287. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.4285