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HEALTHWATCH: Violent injuries in hospitals

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:54 PM CDT
Violent crimes rip entire families apart.
But the impact goes well beyond heartbreak to include billions of dollars of losses to the economy.

One of the main financial burdens for communities comes from the medical care given to the victims of violent crimes.

"The first people on crime scenes is typically law enforcement once that patient is loaded onto an ambulance they end up here."
   
Show different crime scenes
Montclair pkg "I was sitting at home in my living room and all I heard was pop, pop, pop at least seven to twelve shots."
   
This is a common scene lights, sirens, and police putting up crime scene tape throughout neighborhoods.

Montclair pkg "It's ridiculous. No matter where you go in Pensacola it's going to happen though, so you can't run from it just stop the guns."
   
There are 24-trauma centers in Florida 2 in our area Sacred Heart Hospital is one.
Just this year, their trauma center has seen 19 patients with gun shot wounds , 19 victims of assault, 19 stabbing injuries, and 2 cases of abuse.
   
Dr. Rodney Durham  "The EMS tries to concentrate the more severe injuries in the trauma centers, so they will bypass an ER to come to a trauma center with a severally injured patient."
   
8 to 10 percent of the patients seen at the center are violent crime victims.
"People are always violent with one another there is always domestic violence, there is always drug induced violence lots of things but weather it's more or less I don't know I could actually say that."

"That's why everybody is dying already because of the weapons guns, knives."
Doctor Rodney Durham is in charge of the center  he says treating these patients can be a financial drain not only on the hospital but taxpayers as well.

"Many of these people that come in are either underinsured or uninsured.   "Many times it takes quite a long time to get funding for those patients."
   
All patients get the same care but registered Nurse Jeff Owens says dealing with violent crime victims is different.
 
Jeff Owens RN "We go into a lock down mode where all of the exits and entries are locked down."
   
"People losing their lives over stupid stuff."
"You never know when a violent crime could happen and that's why and that's why those patients could come here to Sacred Heart at anytime."

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