Sumary of Coronavirus US: Spike in Philadelphia firearms victims amid lockdown:
- What’s more, gunshot patients made up nearly one-quarter of all trauma patients, up from 13 to 14 percent seen over the last five years..
- A new study from the University of Pennsylvania found there were 110 gunshot victims from mid-March to late May in 2020, up from a previous high of 90 over the same time period in 2018 (file image) ‘Social disruption resulting from the pandemic and statewide stay-at-home orders deeply affects the balance in urban injury management,’ said senior author Dr Jose Pascual, an associate professor of Surgery in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care..
- ‘It can also rapidly exacerbate and worsen the existing hidden pandemic of firearm injury in United States cities.’ In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the team looked at data from Philadelphia hospitals on trauma admissions between 2015 and 2020..
- For the 2020 admissions, the team split the data into two time periods, the first from February 1 to March 15 – before stay-at-home orders – and the second from March 16 to May 30, during stay-at-home orders..
- Trauma admissions included ‘intentional trauma,’ such as shootings, stabbings, and beatings, as well as unintentional trauma, such as falls and motor vehicle crashes..
- Overall, trauma cases fell during the stay-at-home period compared to years prior, which the researchers say is likely due to a drop in car accidents as people stayed indoors..
- Between 2015 and 2019, over the same two months, there were more than 500 cases of both intentional and unintentional trauma compared to 480 during the stay-at-home period….