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December 12, 2018

Community-Based Approach to Trauma and Violence: Guns, Germs, and Bystanders

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Department of Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Surg. Published online December 12, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.4616

Frequent active shooter and mass casualty incidents have captured the attention of both the general public and health care professionals, resulting in an increasing desire by the public to actively help survivors of gun violence. From the point of view of the health care professional, the American College of Surgeons took part in issuing the Hartford Consensus and launching the national Stop the Bleed (STB) campaign.1 These actions came about following a series of heinous and tragic events, specifically the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 that shocked the United States. But how do we address the smaller-scale yet pervasive gun violence happening in our community daily?

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