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Firearm Injury Prevention
On February 10-11 in Chicago, representatives from over 40 national legal and medical organizations attended the inaugural Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention hosted by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT). Discussion focused on caring for seriously injured patients and dealing with the effects of violence in communities. The event fostered dialogue amongst attendees to develop ideas for reducing deaths, injuries, and disabilities from firearms in the U.S. Attendees also examined how to work together to identify opportunities for firearm injury prevention, causes of firearm violence and firearm ownership safety.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the ACS Committee on Trauma shared the proceedings including 9 consensus statements and requested a formal endorsement of the document. As a follow up, the TCAA Executive Committee discussed the document and the associated request.

TCAA and other participating organizations agreed to formally endorse and collaborate on the consensus statements and developed public health interventions related to the issue including but not limited to firearm safety, research funding, violence intervention, health policy and mental health.

Proceedings from the Summit were published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons on May 20, 2019. View the entire text of the article. In addition, read the press release issued by ACS following the summit. 

Letter from TCAA Board Chair 

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