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Gun Injury Hospitalizations Drop 67% in CA

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2013

Tran notes that the report contains some interesting epidemiological trends. For example, she says, in the 1990s "peace broke out in California" with respect to people hurting people with guns. Tran declined to speculate why that might be.  

The number of hospital days in 1992 was 68,200. That number dropped to $43,493 in 1996 and 29,013 in 2000. It inched back up to 37,356 in 2006 but in 2010, had dropped back to 27,176.

The report also specifies the days of the week when a hospital is most likely to see a gunshot victim. For example, assaults and unintentional shootings are most likely to result in hospitalizations on Sunday, injuries due to legal interventions occur most often on a Friday or Saturday, and self-inflicted shootings result in hospitalizations most often on Friday and Sunday.

As may be presumed, the largest share of injuries occurs in teenagers and adults from 13 through age 30, especially due to assaults. Self-inflicted shootings are the most common type of injuries in people over age 66.

The state released this report on firearm-related injuries and costs as part of a HealthFacts series that in the past has focused on disease trends. It did not issue a press release or public notice on the report as it usually does.


Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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