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Monday, February 25, 2008

2007: Year of the Shooting, Stabbing

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 9:21 AM

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Shootings and stabbings have shot up in the past five years, according to an article in Saturday's Examiner. Over 440 patients admitted to SF General were shot or knifed, but the percentage of people who actually die from the wounds has decreased slightly. But don't get too excited. Rochelle Dicker, a trauma surgeon says of the higher survival rate, "Unfortunately, the sad part of having so much experience is you get really adept at what you do. [And] we're getting a lot of experience." Since 2003, the number of gunshot victims admitted to General has doubled. The number of repeat victims, however, has decreased significantly, from 35 percent to five. If somebody gives you a choice between being shot or being stabbed, common sense prevails: last year, 50 gunshot victims perished, while only five stabbing victims died. (graphic from the Examiner) –Andy Wright

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