Center for Injury Research and Prevention

The Ripple Effects of Gun Violence

November 15, 2017

In the last month, I've come across many thoughtful articles on the rippling impact of gun violence in our society. Here are just a few of them. 


The Emotional Toll of Treating Victims of Gun Violence

"If you’re a medical professional in trauma, there is no greater sense of fulfillment than using the available minutes, even seconds, to save someone’s life like this. But when the shift is over? What kind of toll does this work take? A 2012 survey of 133 trauma surgeons, using a secondary stress trauma scale, found evidence of post traumatic stress disorder in two-thirds of respondents."

This article in Modern Healthcare describes the impact and emotional toll on healthcare workers of treating victims of gun violence.


Why Aren't Hospitals Prepared for Mass Shootings?

"Our inability to have a reasonable conversation about guns in this country has also hampered our ability, as medical professionals, to be as prepared as possible to save people’s lives
during mass shootings. If we are going to have guns in our society, shouldn’t we
at least know how to best treat those harmed by them?"

This op-ed from Slate describes how the lack of research on gun violence impacts a hospital's ability to provide effective care to gun violence victims.


Doctors Need to Treat Gun Violence As Public Health Epidemic

"We all have a part to play in reducing deaths and injury from firearms. How physicians talk with their patients — those who own guns and those who do not — about firearms
matters for the social norms that drive public health."

This article from StatNews.com expresses why it's important for physicians to ask patients about guns in the home. 


High Risk of PTSD For Many From Las Vegas Concert Shooting

"For the survivors of the Las Vegas shootings, overcoming emotional wounds may be just as tough as recovering from their physical injuries. The psychological fallout is likely to hit countless
others — doctors, nurses and bystanders who treated them, along with
eyewitnesses to the nation's worst mass shooting."

This article from the Chicago Tribune reports on the risk of PTSD for not only the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, but also the people who helped them.  


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