US Hospital Type and Proximity to Mass Shooting Events
Myers, S., DeSimone, J., Lorch, S., et al. (2020). US Hospital Type and Proximity to Mass Shooting Events. JAMA Surgery. 155(5): 446-447.
The authors examined the location of mass shooting incidents for calendar year 2019 relative to closest trauma centers and hospitals. Out of the 187 incidents in 38 states, a non-trauma center was closer to the scene more than 70% of the time; more than 50% of incidents took place more than 10 miles from a pediatric trauma center. The authors emphasize the need for all types of hospitals to prepare to treat adult and pediatric patients wounded in mass violence incidents.