Clinical, Financial Burden Associated With Firearm-Related Injuries in Pediatric Patients

Bottom Line: This research letter describes trends in the clinical and financial burden associated with firearm-related injuries among pediatric patients. About 75,000 emergency department (ED) visits were identified for patients younger than 18 for firearm-related injuries from 2006 through 2014,  and total charges for the ED visit or an inpatient admission were pulled from each record. ED visits for firearm-related injuries decreased until 2013 and then increased from 2013 through 2014; ED visits were more common for male patients, especially those between the ages of 15 to 17; and assault was the most common intent of the injury, followed by unintentional injuries and suicides. Total charges associated with the injuries were about $2.5 billion. The study has some limitations due to the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample that was used and researchers weren’t able to follow-up on patients after discharge.

Authors: Faiz Gani, M.B.B.S., and Joseph K. Canner, M.H.S., of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

 

To Learn More: The full study is available on the For The Media website.

(doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.3091)