New study documents increasing frequency, cost, and severity of gunshot wounds that require surgical intervention

The rise in firearm violence has coincided with an increase in the severity of injuries firearms inflict as well as the cost of operations to treat those injuries, researchers report in a large national study of gunshot wounds recently published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study was led by Peyman Benharash, MD, associate professor-in-residence of surgery and bioengineering at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

“Taken together, our findings suggest that gun violence has increased in numbers, at least for the sector that meets surgical criteria, and that these injuries result in a substantial financial burden in addition to the obvious psychosocial burden and other downstream effects,” Benharash said.

To learn more about the study, visit: The American College of Surgeons news.

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