The cost of medical care in emergency rooms across the country amounted Meanwhile, 3,000 million in the same period studied between 2006 and 2014.
A third of the injured had to be hospitalized for a time, and 6% died, that is to say, a total of 4,500 children and adolescents, according to the report, according to the AP agency.
With these data, they concluded that 11 out of every 100,000 patients under the age of 18 who receive emergency medical treatment in the United States have suffered gunshot wounds. There are 8,300 cases a year, but they could be even more since they do not count those who die or are injured without ever going to a hospital.
The study was undertaken by a team at Johns Hopkins University and used data from the Agency for Research and Quality in Medical Care of the United States government.
The average age in the cases was 15 years. Half of the injured was the victim of a shooting or attack, 40% came to emergency rooms due to an accident using weapons and 2% were due to suicides. Meanwhile, there were five times more children than girls received in hospitals.
This shows that wounds and deaths by firearms transcend the context of shootings faced by psychopaths or terrorist attacks. Half of the cases were possible due to the presence of firearms in the homes.
The first year of the study, 2006 was the worst recorded 15 cases per 100,000 children. Then it fell sharply to 7 cases in 2013, and then rose again to 10 in 2014.
“I do not know what else we see in the world to unite and confront this problem, ” said Dr. Faiz Gani, director of research.
Meanwhile, Dr. Denise Dowd, a pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas, said pressure from the lobby of firearms enthusiasts, whose most visible face is the National Rifle Association (NRA), puts pressure on the government of the United States to limit this kind of studies
“It’s really important that we have an idea of the magnitude of the loss of lives and injuries and how much money we spend on that, so we can establish it as a priority in the health system, ” he said. “We need a monitoring system at the national level as we do with traffic accident deaths to have a record of these injuries and their circumstances,” he added.