bannerHON
img
HONnews
HONnews
img PATIENT / PARTICULIER img PROFESSIONNEL DE SANTE img WEBMESTRE img
img
 
img
HONcode sites
Khresmoi - new !
HONselect
News
Conferences
Images

Themes:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Browse archive:
2017: N O S A J J M A M F J
2016: D N

 
  Other news for:
Emergencies
First Aid
Wounds and Injuries
 Resources from HONselect
Gunshot Sensors Improve Odds for Shooting Victims
New technology helped police find victims and get them care quickly, study shows

By Robert Preidt

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gunshot sensors may help speed treatment of shooting victims and potentially improve outcomes for those with the most serious injuries, a new study suggests.

About 90 U.S. cities have installed the sensors to help pinpoint shooting scenes and find victims. Fewer than 20 percent of shots fired are reported to police, according to the researchers.

They analyzed the cases of 731 gunshot victims, including 192 who were identified with acoustic gunshot sensors.

Victims who'd been located by sensors were more likely to have more severe injuries, spend more days on mechanical ventilation and more time in the hospital and need an operation. However, the difference in the death rate for sensor-located victims and other victims was not statistically significant (12 percent vs. 10 percent), according to the study.

"We found that gunshot victims whom we could connect to a gunshot sensor activation experienced decreased pre-hospital time and emergency medical service on-scene times compared with those who were presumably discovered due to standard policing methods," said study author Dr. Magdalene Brooke. She is a general surgery resident at the University of California, San Francisco-East Bay.

"These patients also experienced a similar mortality to the control group, despite having higher injury severity scores, suggesting that this method of alerting police may lead to better than expected outcomes," she added.

The findings were to be presented Tuesday at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) meeting, in San Diego.

The findings show that "the use of gunshot sensor technology by police may help paramedics treat and transport these patients to the hospital more rapidly," Brooke said in an ACS news release.

Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has more on gun violence.

SOURCE: American College of Surgeons, news release, Oct. 24, 2017

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved. URL:http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=727773

Resources from HONselect: HONselect is the HON's medical search engine. It retrieves scientific articles, images, conferences and web sites on the selected subject.
Wounds and Injuries
Mortality
Emergencies
The list of medical terms above are retrieved automatically from the article.

Disclaimer: The text presented on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice. It is for your information only and may not represent your true individual medical situation. Do not hesitate to consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare professional.
Be advised that HealthDay articles are derived from various sources and may not reflect your own country regulations. The Health On the Net Foundation does not endorse opinions, products, or services that may appear in HealthDay articles.


Home img About us img MediaCorner img HON newsletter img Site map img Ethical policies img Contact