Characteristics of Survivors of Civilian Public Mass Shootings An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multicenter Study
Babak, S., Reed, E., Shapiro, G., et al. (2021). Characteristics of Survivors of Civilian Public Mass Shootings: An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multicenter Study. (Abstract only.) Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 90(4):652-658.
The authors reviewed 31 civilian public mass shootings (CPMSs), involving 191 patients to determine trends in injuries sustained and treatments rendered. The most common injuries were extremity fracture (37%) and lung parenchyma (14%). While most survivors were not critically injured, once at the hospital, “32% were taken directly to the operating room/interventional radiology, 16% were admitted to the intensive care unit, and 25% were admitted to the ward.” Orthopedic surgeries and laparotomies were the most common operations performed within 12 hours of arrival and the authors noted “significant delay between shooting and transport.”