Firearm Safety

This episode was produced with Libby Ireson (@LibbyIreson on Twitter), Pediatric Resident at Cincinnati Children’s and is being released in conjunction with the 2021 Day of Action promoting firearm safety and speaking out against gun violence. The goals of this episode are to:

  1. Report statistics of pediatric firearm-related injuries/deaths in the United States 
  2. Review the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations on firearm safety 
  3. Discuss strategies for counseling your patients and families on firearm safety
  4. Talk about how we can support patients and families who are victim or survivors of gun violence 

The link to the PEMBlog post, including a full transcript is here.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Gun Safety Campaign Toolkit


The Brady Center’s ASK Campaign

The Everytown for Gun Safety BeSMART Campaign

If you or anyone you know is considering suicide, please reach out for help. You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline via phone at 1-800-273-6255 or by texting 741-741. 

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Campbell BT, Thaker S, Fallat ME, et al. A Multicenter Evaluation of a Firearm Safety Intervention in the Pediatric Outpatient Setting. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Jan;55(1):140-145.

“Gun Violence is a Public Health Crisis.” The American Public Health Association.

“Youth Firearm Injury and Death.” The Farley Health Policy Center. 

Parikh K, Silver A, Patel SJ et al. Pediatric Firearm-Related Injuries in the United States. Hosp Pediatr. 2017 Jun;7(6):303-312.

Schaechter, Judy. “Guns in the Home.”, The American Academy of Pediatrics.

By bradsobo

Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd is a Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an Associate Director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is on Twitter @PEMTweets and authors the Pediatric Emergency Medicine site PEMBlog and produces and hosts the PEM Currents: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast.

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