Firearm injuries in children

According to a study by Stokes et al, about half of households in the United States have at least one firearm. Unfortunately, parents are often unaware that their child knows how to access firearms in their home. Of 226 patients with GSWs studied during the course of this investigation, 22% were unintentional, and 61% were assault. Also, it was found that firearm safety discussions were more likely to occur only after unintentional injuries. 75% percent of all parents believe physicians should counsel their children on safe firearm storage. As such, there is a significant room for improvement in providing safety education interventions and physicians are the ones who should participate in giving advise.

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