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Posted: 8/10/2001 7:22:41 AM EDT
I guess there is a few flaws with the total gun ban in England. ======================================================== http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/news/story.html?in_review_id=438046&in_review_text_id=387227 Gun wound training for British doctors by Zoe Morris, Health Reporter Junior doctors in east London are being given extra training to treat knife and gunshot wounds following an alarming increase in violent attacks. Stab wounds are a daily occurrence and around one gunshot injury is seen in the area's casualty units each week. Victims of gang warfare are increasingly being treated - as well as bystanders caught in the crossfire. Mike Walsh, a senior doctor at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, which has an American-style trauma team and sees a high volume of serious injuries because the air ambulance is based there, has been sharing his expertise with junior colleagues at neighbouring Homerton Hospital. Around a third of major trauma cases dealt with in casualty at Homerton are gun and knife related - an increase of about 40 per cent in the past five years. The hospital has dealt with five shootings and 50 stabbings in the past month. Homerton A&E consultant Catherine Henderson said: "It's not as bad as working somewhere like New York, South Africa or Northern Ireland, but we have seen an increase. It is often middle-grade junior doctors who are dealing with the victims and it is important they have the right skills." "Most gunshot wounds appear to be related to criminal gangs, but occasionally it is a passer-by. Stabbings are not necessarily related to gangs - people just seem to be carrying knives more often and are prepared to use them." She pointed to east and south London - particularly Lambeth - as the worst areas for gun and knife wounds. Mr Walsh, a consultant surgeon at the Royal London specialising in trauma, emphasised to junior colleagues the need to quickly assess victims of stabbings and shootings. He said: "There has definitely been an increase in penetrating wounds over the last five or 10 years. At the Royal London we used to see about one stabbing a week. Now we are dealing with two or three a day." The use of handguns in the capital has risen by 40 per cent since 1996 and almost a quarter of all offences involving firearms occur in London. There was a two per cent rise in violent crime in the year to March 2001, according to Home Office statistics. At the same time there has been a decrease in the amount of "blunt trauma" patients being treated in casualty, due largely to a reduction in road traffic accidents. There has been fierce debate over the requirement for ambulance crews to take patients to the nearest hospital - rather than one which specialises in a particular injury. Mr Walsh supports a move towards the North American system where patients with major trauma injuries are taken to a large hospital with a dedicated team of specialists. Experts are studying trauma services in London and is due to make its recommendations in the autumn. Meanwhile Mr Walsh said he planned to repeat the training session at the Homerton Hospital, and the Royal College of Surgeons has recently established a training course using cadavers, dealing specifically with knife and gun injuries. (c) Associated Newspapers Ltd., 10 August 2001
Link Posted: 8/10/2001 8:29:55 AM EDT
Boy, isn't it a good thing that gun control makes you safer?
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