New research lead by PISC Senior Scholar Elinore Kaufman, MD, with researchers of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, examines how many of those who are injured by firearm survive and the circumstances of their injury.
Kaufman et al. analyzed nationwide data from death certificates and emergency room visits between 2009 and 2017. They found an annual average of about 120,200 firearm injuries -- or 329 per day. Injuries and deaths were categorized as unintentional, self-harm, assault, legal intervention, or of undetermined intent.
PISC Senior Scholar and Author Mucio Kit Delgado, MD, says, "By combining fatal and nonfatal injury data, we can identify major differences in injury rates by mechanism and age group and geography."
Dr. Kaufman says, "Research has shown that suicide is the most common form of firearm deaths, and suicide prevention is of preeminent importance. But looking at these numbers of nonfatal injuries can raise concern in other areas needing their own forms of prevention".
Other collaborators include PISC Executive Director, Douglas Wiebe, PhD, Senior Scholar, Christopher Morrison, PhD, Senior Scholar, Mark Seamon, MD, Ruying Xiong, and PISC Senior Scholar Mucio Kit Delgado, MD.