Pediatric Firearm Injury Advocacy

Bindi Naik-Mathuria, Sandra McKay

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Purpose of Review: Death from firearm injury is now the leading cause of death in children and adolescents in the USA and rose steadily during the past decade. As trauma surgeons, we use everything in our power to rescue children and repair the profound damage that even a single bullet can cause to a child’s body. In turn, we must be advocates to reduce and prevent pediatric firearm injury. Recent Findings: It was recently shownthat death by firearm surpassed that from motor vehicle crashes for the firsttime in 2020. Summary: This chapter provides a guide on how to be a surgeon advocate at multiple levels: for your own patients, through your institutions or healthcare systems, and at the community and population level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-201
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Trauma Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Advocacy
  • Firearm
  • Gun violence
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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