The incidence and prevalence of nonfatal gunshot wounds in Minnesota.

G. Riestenberg, D. D. Brunette

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Abstract

We surveyed a sample of Minnesota hospitals to identify the known incidence of nonfatal gunshot wounds (NF-GSW). Only 12 of the 25 hospitals surveyed used E-codes and were able to retrieve NF-GSW data. Only five hospitals had data dating back to 1991. Ninety-two percent of all known NF-GSW (1,425) occurring in Minnesota from 1991 to 1994 were recorded at the three Level 1 Trauma Centers located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. The incidence of NF-GSW patients admitted to these three trauma centers has increased 20% from 1991 to 1994. Sixty percent of the NF-GSW treated in Minneapolis involved residents living in four zip code areas, comprising 30% of the city's population. Recommendations for improved NF-GSW data collection and likely impact on prevention are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-32, 59
JournalMinnesota medicine
Volume78
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1995

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