The ED visit is an opportune time to offer intervention efforts to prevent future morbidity among young patients seeking care for injuries related to violence, according to recent study findings published in Pediatrics.
Previous violence, weapon experience and substance use were more common among assault-injured youth seeking ED care compared with those seeking care for other reasons, said Rebecca M. Cunningham, MD, of the departments of emergency medicine and psychiatry at the University of Michigan Injury Center in Ann Arbor, and colleagues. The researchers conducted a survey on 718 youth aged 14 to 24 years who presented to an ED with an assault injury to determine violence context. A comparison group of 730 youth also completed the survey. Nearly half of the assault injured group was female (49.2%).
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