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Trauma and Injury Prevention Section Newsletter - Spring 2017

Gun Safety Edition


Chair’s Corner

Barostti_2017Welcome to our Spring 2017 Trauma and Injury Prevention newsletter. 

We all recognize that our specialty is society’s “safety net” as the well as the central – if not only – access point for health care for many patients. This perspective gives us a clear focus on health care realities, and provides us with practical expertise in addressing social determinants of health among our patients. 

Violence is a devastating health problem, and shares may of the same social determinants of disease as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease, among others. Through our practice, we have opportunities to prevent violence, traumatic injuries and associated poor health outcomes when we recognize and treat relevant risk factors.

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Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research Upcoming Meeting

Rebecca CunninghamThe Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) will be holding its Sixth National Conference at the Michigan League in Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 18-20, 2017. SAVIR is a professional organization that provides leadership and fosters excellence in the science of preventing and treating injury and violence. The Ann Arbor Conference is hosted also by the U. of Michigan’s CDC funded Injury Center- one of the few injury prevention centers in the country lead by Faculty in  Emergency Medicine.

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Massachusetts Medical Society’s Physician Oriented Gun Safety Resources

Johnson2015In a statewide effort to curb gun violence, the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) announced resources which aim to assist physicians in promoting gun safety to patients. Just as physicians are responsible for encouraging use of seat belts, sunblock, and cycling helmets, we should also protect our patients through promotion of safe gun practices. Through brochures, an informative website, and even CME training, the MMS and collaborative parties are reaching out to medical professionals so that they are better prepared to speak to their patients about this sensitive issue.

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Movement Towards Violence as a Health Issue Launches!

KyleFisher_2017As emergency physicians, we are well trained in the physical and psychological trauma involved in our nation’s violence epidemic. We see first-hand the sequelae following interpersonal violence, a spectrum that ranges from post-traumatic stress disorder to drug or alcohol misuse to re-injury or even death. From the ground floor, it is clear that emergency physicians have much to offer in our communities’ fight against violence.

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Newtown Amicus Brief: Firearms with Scaled Lethality in the Civilian Setting

Assault rifles have altered the reality of civilian emergency medicine practice. These high-capacity rifles were engineered to discharge a large volume of low-recoil ammunition rapidly and with extreme kinetic force in order to optimize target destruction. When utilized at their engineered potential in the civilian setting, assault rifles cause an exponential scale of injury, as observed in a number of public shootings, such as at the Pulse nightclub last year in Orlando, FL, and at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, CT, in 2012, among several others.

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Section Meeting at ACEP17

Mark your calendars for our annual section meeting at ACEP17 in Washington, DC.


Trauma and Injury Prevention Section Meeting
Monday, October 30, 2017
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

View the full listing of section meetings at ACEP17. 

Register for ACEP17 by September 29 and save $100. 

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