Approximately 20 Children Hospitalized For Gun Injuries Per Day
There are more male children hospitalized for gun injuries than female
Children hospitalized for gun injuries do not get as much attention as immediate fatalities
A study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows that there are about 20 children hospitalized for gun injuries every day. According to the study, published in the January 27th edition of Pediatrics, six percent of these children die from their injuries.
The attention paid to these injuries is typically minimal, “but that every day, 20 of our children are hospitalized for firearms injury, often suffering severe and costly injuries, clearly shows that this is a national public health problem,” says Robert Sege, co-author of the study.
In 2009, a total of 7,391 children and teens under the age of 20 were hospitalized due to gun related injuries, and 453 of the children and teens died from their injuries.
Most of the injuries overall were due to assaults; however the main cause of injury in children under the age of 10 were due to unintentional or accidental injuries.
Gun related injuries are the second highest cause of death for teens age 15 to 19, even considering that the rates of gun injuries have declined over the past ten years.
Eighty nine percent of all hospitalizations due to gun related injuries were male.
Children released from the hospital after a gun related injury typically require extensive follow-up care, including rehabilitation, home health care, mental health or social services , and sometimes readmission to the hospital.
“These data highlight the toll of gun-related injuries that extends beyond high-profile cases, and those children and adolescents who die before being hospitalized. Pediatricians and other health care providers can play an important role in preventing these injuries through counseling about firearm safety, including safe storage,” states John Leventhal, M.D. whose team conducted the study.
Approximately 20 Children Hospitalized For Gun Injuries Per Day.