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Gunshot wound setbacks

About 15.5% of hospitalized gunshot victims who survive are readmitted within six months, a study of data from 2010 through 2015 showed.

Using data from the Nationwide Readmissions Database, researchers calculated hospital costs for treating firearms injuries at about $911 million a year. Readmissions account for $86 million — or 9.5% — of that.

Lead study author Sarabeth Spitzer, a fourth-year Stanford medical student, said gun injuries are often discussed in terms of mortality, but the long-term effects of injuries on survivors tend to be forgotten.

Thomas Weiser, MD, associate professor of surgery, was the senior author of the study, published in PLOS ONE.

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