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Urban or rural, children’s gun-related injuries equally deadly

Key clinical point: Rural-based firearm-related injuries carry the same burden of morbidity and death as those that occur in urban locations.

Major finding: Compared with children who sustained a firearm-related injury in an urban setting, those who were injured in a rural setting were younger (mean of 13 vs. 14 years; P = 0.0003), and were more frequently injured by accident (70% vs. 15%; P less than 0.0001). The rates of death or disability and lengths of stay did not differ based on location of injury, The rates of death or disability and lengths of stay did not differ significantly based on location of injury, occurring in 16.5% of rural and 13.3% of urban patients.

Study details: A single-center study of 184 children who sustained a firearm-related injury.

Disclosures: The researchers reported having no financial disclosures.

Citation:

Lucisano A. AAP 2019, Section on Surgery program.