Youths bear higher burden of adverse outcomes from gunshot wounds

10/14/2013 | USA Today

Although less prevalent than other causes of injuries among U.S. youths, gunshot injuries had significantly higher adverse outcomes, particularly among teen boys ages 15 to 19, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Children and teens hurt by gunshots had the highest rates of major surgical procedures, serious injuries and hospital deaths. Acute care cost was also highest among young people wounded by gunshots, researchers said.

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