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Article
July 1985

Review of Gunshot Wounds in Dayton, OhioDemographics, Anatomic Areas, Results, and Costs

Author Affiliations

From the Miami Valley Hospital Regional Trauma Center, Dayton, Ohio.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(7):837-839. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390310075017
Abstract

• A retrospective review of 210 admissions for gunshot wounds was performed to evaluate the frequency that various anatomic areas were injured, complication rates, results of treatment, and costs. Seventy-two percent of patients had a single anatomic site involved. The complication rate was 13% and the death rate was 10.9%. A good result was obtained in 72%, but 12.4% had long-term disabilities. The average length of stay was 11 days with an average cost of $5,682 per patient. Application of today's prospective payment under diagnosis-related groups suggests this system of payment may adversely affect the delivery of trauma care in this country.

(Arch Surg 1985;120:837-839)

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