The cost of being shot by a gun

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Headlines this week included “8 injured, 1 dead” in Arizona and “14 people shot, 3 dead” in Philadelphia.

We’re focusing on gun deaths for a good reason, but it seems gunshot wounds are being brushed aside, as if a gunshot victim who didn’t die would be fine. Sometimes it does, but a number of studies and reports reveal the true cost of a single gunshot wound. ABC News reminds us:

For every person killed in a mass shooting, a new study estimates that around six more people are seriously injured.

The study, published Friday in the medical journal JAMA Open, is a grim reminder that mass public shootings have a cost beyond the lives lost, including an immense physical and financial burden for those who have suffered injuries and survived.

Amid the recent wave of gun violence seen in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, many are dealing with immediate pain and grief. But other long-term consequences could arise for those who were injured and even for those caring for the injured.

According to data from the Center for Disease Control and the Gun Violence Archive, many more people suffer gun-related injuries than deaths.

Gun violence resulted in 165,335 non-fatal injuries from 2016 to 2021, according to another April report in JAMA Open.

In 2019, WKMG-TV in Orlando said the best estimate of the cost of a single gunshot wound ranged from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars:

Several studies published between 1972 and 2016 describe where on the body a gunshot wound could do the most damage. For simplicity, News 6 has broken down these categories into four parts.

A gunshot wound to the head, face or neck tends to be fatal. This is not a generally survivable injury – and if the victim survives, initial treatment costs are around $10,000. This price includes skull x-rays or even surgery to remove a bullet.

The gunshot wounds most likely to survive are usually gunshot wounds to the shoulder, arm, hand, thigh, calf, or foot. This means that below the neck and below the waist tend to be the easiest gunshot wounds to survive.

Gunshot wounds to the head are the most lethal, followed by gunshot wounds to the midsection of the body. This includes the chest, abdomen, back, and lungs. A bullet piercing a lung could involve a $7,247 procedure. A bullet in the heart can lead to death.

Paralysis is more likely if a bullet comes into close contact – or lands – on the spine.

Surgery is more likely to be involved if there is a gunshot wound in one of these areas. For perspective, a chest and rib x-ray starts at around $500 at ORMC. Then there is initial observation care, which costs $110.

According to the Orlando Medical Regional Pricing Transparency Guide, the cost of care for a shot anywhere in the arm can range from $600 to $3,000. This includes multiple x-rays, braces, or removing something from his arm, similar to an easy-to-remove bullet.

The Trace summarized a Johns Hopkins study which found:

Nearly half of the gunshot patients were treated in the emergency room and sent home. The average cost for each of these patients was $5,254. More than a third of patients – 37% – were admitted to hospital, which includes those who only stayed one night, as well as those who were kept longer to undergo multiple operations. People admitted to hospital incurred costs 18 times higher than those who were treated in the emergency room and discharged: $95,887 per patient, on average.

Another 8% of patients were referred to additional care facilities, which could include rehabilitation centers that treat traumatic spinal or brain injuries, or other types of acute physical rehabilitation facilities.

Survivors of gun attacks are also at high risk of being shot again.

Nothing motivates AR-15 rifle buyers like a presidential speech suggesting the nation ban assault weapons. Since President Joe Biden’s speech on Thursday night, gun shops say sales have been buoyant as people fear they won’t be able to afford the guns – even though there is no legislation in place. waiting or even likely to accomplish what the president wants.

Newsweek reports that people are not only buying, but also researching AR-15s online:

Google Trends, which details traffic data on the internet’s largest search engine, shows that in the seven days following the Robb elementary school shooting, the term “buy AR-15” has sometimes increased more than 10-fold over single-digit searches in the days and weeks leading up to the May 24 massacre.

According to the data, Missouri, New Hampshire and Idaho were among the states with the highest number of searches for the term “buy AR-15” after the Uvalde school shooting that killed 19 among children and two adults, with Texas also seeing an increase. in searches.

The data reveals there were also spikes in Google searches for “buy AR-15” after the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, as well as the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School attack that left 20 children and six adults dead.

Over several decades, Americans’ attitudes toward gun ownership have changed very little. There are moments of interest in tougher gun laws — usually in the days following a mass shooting — but those feelings, for the most part, fade a year or less later.

(Gallup data, May 26, 2022)

About four in 10 American households told Gallup there was a gun in the house.

Your first summer electric bill is on the way in about a week and it will be a shock. In Pennsylvania, electricity rates have increased by 45%. In parts of Texas, rates are up 70% from a year ago. Electricity rates in Hawaii have increased by 20%. In St. Louis, NPR reports:

Starting this month, the utility company said the typical Metro East customer’s bill will increase by $52 per month or $626 per year because the cost of generating electricity is much higher.

Ameren Illinois pointed out that it does not generate the electricity it supplies to its customers and said it will not benefit from increases in utility bills. The company cites global market issues, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, post-pandemic demand and rising natural gas prices as reasons for the increase.

A spokesperson for Ameren said that over the past few months the company has been urging qualified customers to apply for financing through the Home Energy Assistance Program for Low-Income Households. The company has a web page dedicated to resources available to customers.

fortune says:

Eversource, which serves New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut, said earlier this year that customers could see a 23% to 25% increase through at least June 30. And South Carolina faces jumps of 5% to 19%.

Inflation plays a role in energy price increases, but the real culprits are natural gas prices and geopolitical events.

Audience members wear masks during “An Evening with LeAnn Rimes,” Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

By the end of the month, Los Angeles County, California could once again be subject to mandatory mask rules. 13 counties moved into high-risk categories last week, and the virus is rapidly spreading to others.

At least three variants are spreading this week in Florida. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports:

With a seven-day daily average of more than 10,200 cases on Friday, Florida is a state classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having a “high level” of transmission. Broward and Miami-Dade counties are reporting a test positivity rate of more than 20%. Palm Beach County’s positivity rate is 18.9%. Health officials consider transmission levels to be under control when the rate is below 5%.

Jason Salemi, an epidemiologist at the University of South Florida, points out, “We might actually (finally) see some improvement in the northeast, but in Florida – 3 out of 4 people live in a high-risk county, on the basis of hospitalization -based measure.

More than half of New Jersey counties are now considered high risk.

One of the reasons health experts believe new cases are vastly underreported is because we’re all using home testing kits these days. If you’re like me, I don’t share my results with anyone. But if you’re using the BinaxNOW, iHealth, or Lucira kits, you should notice that the test apps allow you to report your results. Out of 1.4 million tests performed, only 10,000 users reported their results.

The cost of everything drives retired seniors back to work, but they learn that work can cost them money. Politico points out that Social Security comes with a penalty if you make too much money:

Since 1984, Social Security recipients have been subject to tax on their benefits when they earn more than $25,000 as individuals and $32,000 for couples.

Now government forecasters say soaring inflation is pushing more people beyond those limits.

It’s a key reason the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office sees the share of Social Security benefits subject to tax increasing by 10% this year and another 10% next year. He predicts that the total income tax paid on those checks will increase this year by 37%.

That could surprise some seniors and create a headache for Democrats, already under fire from rising prices.

Many Democrats have worried about the tax grab on seniors, which effectively nullifies some of their benefits, and a key lawmaker has proposed raising “outdated” tax thresholds. Many have endorsed legislation from Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) that would increase those limits.

But lawmakers are unlikely to act anytime soon.

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