CHICAGO, Aug. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Two mass shootings in less than 24 hours on August 3-4,
We have lost patients, family members, and colleagues to firearm violence. As we remain on the frontlines treating seriously injured patients who arrive in trauma centers across the U.S., the ACS confirms its commitment to addressing this public health epidemic by applying a consensus-based approach to solve the problem, as well as addressing intimate partner violence.
The more than 45 medical and injury prevention organizations that participated in the historic Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention (February 10-11, 2019), have identified a path forward. Briefly summarized, actionable items that the summit attendees have agreed to address in a unified voice include the following:
(Read the Summit proceedings published on the website of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons ahead of print.)
To continue this work, the ACS has convened two multidisciplinary expert panels. The first was a Firearm Strategy Team, which engages expert firearm owners in developing recommendations for injury prevention. Their initial recommendations have been published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The second team will focus on developing strategies to address the social determinants of health that contribute to interpersonal violence.
Furthermore, in 1991, ACS first issued a Statement on Firearm Injuries approved by its Board of Regents. Last revised in 2013, the current statement lays out ACS support for several important efforts, from enhancing mandatory background checks for the purchase of firearms to include gun shows and auctions, to ensuring that health care professionals can fulfill their role in preventing firearm injuries by health screening, patient counseling, and referral to mental health services for those with behavioral medical conditions.
The ACS remains wholly committed to these aforementioned actionable items achieved by consensus from the February Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention and the five principles embodied in our current Statement on Firearm Injuries and Statement on Intimate Partner Violence.
About the American College of Surgeons The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.
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