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N Z Med J. 2008 Dec 12;121(1287):21-5.

A 12-year review of gunshot injuries: Auckland City Hospital experience.

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  • 1Trauma Services, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. lchsee@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review gunshot injuries treated in Auckland City Hospital (Auckland, New Zealand) over 12 years (1995-2006) and to determine their intent, incidence, presentation, severity of injuries, and outcome.

METHODS:

Retrospective review of patients with gunshot wounds (GSW) identified from the Auckland City Hospital Trauma registry over the 12-year period 1995-2006.

RESULTS:

A cohort of 56 patients was identified. The majority of patients were male (91%). Fifty-two percent of patients suffered accidental injuries. The average age of the victims was 32. In the final outcome, 4 (7%) patients died, all due to GSW to the head, while all others were discharged alive.

CONCLUSION:

Gunshot injury is not a common presentation to Auckland City Hospital, the largest metropolitan hospital in New Zealand. Despite the small number of patients presented, the overall outcomes remain acceptable.

PMID:
19098963
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