Second study shows link between percent of gunshot wounds in the home and gun ownership
MONDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) -- While one study defined the epidemiology of firearm injuries in children aged 14 years and younger, another study found that gun ownership correlates with gunshot wounds in the home; both studies were presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, held from Oct. 26 to 29 in Orlando, Fla.
Phyllis Hendry, M.D., from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, and colleagues describe the epidemiology of firearm injuries among pediatric patients. The researchers identified 456 cases, including 78 patients aged 14 or younger (72 percent male; 64 percent African-American). Medical records were available for 70 of these patients. The shooter relationship was known in 30 percent of cases. Injury sites included extremities, trunk, head, and neck (37, 27, 10, and 6 percent, respectively).
Arin Madenci, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, and colleagues examined the correlation between gun ownership and childhood gunshot wounds occurring in the home using data from the Kids' Inpatient Database. The researchers found that most gunshot wounds occurred on the street or in a home. Most gunshot wounds were inflicted by handguns (77.2 percent). There was a significant correlation observed between the percent of gunshot wounds occurring in the home and the percent of households containing any firearm, loaded firearms, and unlocked loaded firearms.
"Policies designed to reduce the number of household firearms, especially handguns, may more effectively reduce the number of gunshot injuries in children," Madenci said in a statement.
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