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Sun May 1, 2022, 05:49 PM

One Bullet Can Kill, But It Takes More Than 100 People To Save A Gunshot Victim's Life

As Gabriela de Hoyos is transporting a gunshot victim on a stretcher back to the trauma bay, she tells the victim that they are going to live and everything will be OK. She tells them this no matter what.

ďNo one wants their last thought on Earth to be, Iím not going to make it,Ē de Hoyos, who worked as a trauma nurse at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center from 2016 to 2021, told BuzzFeed News.

De Hoyos is just one of the 100-plus people a gunshot victim may see from the time they are shot until they are fully recovered ó part of the vast but largely hidden economic and psychological cost of gun violence. A single bullet wound sets in motion a long, labor-intensive process to try to save a life, a chain of support that includes police officers, security guards, trauma nurses, doctors, surgeons, therapists, more nurses, social workers, pharmacists, paramedics, and chaplains.

Itís a process that has become more frequent in recent years, especially since the start of the pandemic. In 2020, 45,000 people died from gun-related injuries in the US ó the highest mark on record, a 14% increase from the year before, a 25% increase from 2015, and a 43% increase from 2010, according to the CDC. In Philadelphia, there were 562 homicides in 2021, 62 more than the previous single-year high-point, set in 1990, when murder rates across the country reached record levels. That means there is a homicide in Philadelphia every 16 hours, and at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, gunshot victims have consumed the trauma bay: 18% of the hospitalís trauma cases are gunshot patients.

Twelve medical workers at Penn Presbyterian who spoke to BuzzFeed News described gun violence as a daily reality that leaves a deep emotional impact on them.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/paigeskinner/gun-violence-medical-labor-photos
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I suppose now the gun humpers will argue that guns are good because they keep so many people employed! Read the article. It's sobering.

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Reply One Bullet Can Kill, But It Takes More Than 100 People To Save A Gunshot Victim's Life (Original post)
Jilly_in_VA May 2022 OP
Turbineguy May 2022 #1
COL Mustard May 2022 #6
Demovictory9 May 2022 #2
BeyondGeography May 2022 #3
InAbLuEsTaTe May 2022 #4
niyad May 2022 #5
bucolic_frolic May 2022 #7
Duppers May 2022 #8
Jilly_in_VA May 2022 #9
maxsolomon May 2022 #10

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 05:53 PM

1. I recall, a few years ago

I calculated that if the hidden costs were included in the price, a gun would have cost around $60,000.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #1)

Sun May 1, 2022, 08:26 PM

6. Too bad they didn't charge Madison Cawthorn that much for his gun....

Maybe he would've thought twice about buying it. But I doubt it...he's not capable of thinking twice.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 05:56 PM

2. VERY INTERESTING.. something I didnt know

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 06:30 PM

3. Insane numbers

All of them.

No wonder that federal gun violence study will never happen.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 07:41 PM

4. Just wow!!

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 08:00 PM

5. KNR and bookmarking. For later.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun May 1, 2022, 08:46 PM

7. You'd think such a hit to productivity and financial drain on society

would have GOPers all in a tither. Yeah, I know, in a sane world.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Mon May 2, 2022, 05:39 AM

8. Important info - keeper post!

TY, Jilly.


I should resubscribe to Buzzfeed.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #8)

Mon May 2, 2022, 10:45 AM

9. Buzz Feed has good stuff

in among the trash. That's why I check it every day. Their investigative reports are up there with anybody's.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Mon May 2, 2022, 02:35 PM

10. As long as it happens to someone else, whatever.

Just think of how much GDP each bullet wound creates.

yes,

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