Clinical Practice  |   June 2020
Partnering With Patients to Reduce Firearm-Related Death and Injury
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Brian K. Yorkgitis, DO, Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville, 655 W 8th St, Jacksonville, FL 32209-6511. Email: brian.yorkgitis2@jax.ufl.edu
     
Article Information
Clinical Practice   |   June 2020
Partnering With Patients to Reduce Firearm-Related Death and Injury
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2020, Vol. 120, 413-417. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.063
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2020, Vol. 120, 413-417. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.063
Abstract

In the United States, nearly 40,000 deaths per year are firearm related. Among these fatalities are approximately 1300 children. In addition, there are more than 20,000 unintentional firearm injuries per year. Osteopathic physicians have a unique opportunity to affect this public health concern through patient education. Several evidenced-based recommendations can be incorporated at the bedside to reduce firearm injuries and deaths, including gun education, safe storage, and proper disposal.

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