Unintentional, nonfatal firearm-related injuries : A preventable publilc health burden.
- To describe the magnitude and characteristics of unintentional, nonfatal firearm-related injuries treated in US hospital emergency departments.
- Data were obtained from medical records for all firearm-related injury cases identified using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) from June 1,1992, through May 31,1994.
We report on cases classified as unintentional gunshot wounds.
- NEISS comprises 91 hospitals that are a stratified probability sample of all hospitals in the United States and its territories that have at least 6 beds and provide 24-hour emergency service.
Main Outcome Measures
- Number of and population rates for unintentional, nonfatal firearm-related injuries.
- An estimated 34485 (95% confidence interval [CI], 25225-43745) persons (6.7 per 100000 population ; 95% CI, 4.9-8.5) were treated for unintentional, nonfatal firearm-related injuries in US emergency departments during the 2-year study period.
The majority of patients were male (87%) and aged 15 to 34 years (61%) ; 38% required hospitalization.
Injuries were most often to an extremity (73%), were self-inflicted (70%), involved a handgun (57%), and resulted during common gun-related activities.
- Further development of effective interventions are needed to reduce the risk of injury from unintentional discharge of a firearm during routine gun-handling practices by those who own and use firearms. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Arme à feu, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Prévention, Homme, Involontaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Fire arm, United States, North America, America, Prevention, Human
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Cote : 96-0315631
Code Inist : 002B18C04. Création : 10/04/1997.