Apparently the anti-gun side is taking a new approach by contemplating the price tag associated with treating gunshot wounds. Well…that’s novel…
10X. The amount of blood required by gunshot victims compared to victims of other trauma.
When a person is shot, severe blood loss is one of the biggest threats to life. Once a victim arrives at a trauma center, he or she may need a transfusion to survive. But until recently, little research had been conducted on just how much blood gunshot victims require.
Earlier this year, a new study found that gunshot victims need 10 times more blood, on average, than other victims of trauma. That volume of blood comes at a price. Researchers calculated the average cost of transfusing a gunshot patient was more than $11,000 — almost twice the cost for victims of other types of traumatic injuries. In extreme cases, the cost reached as high as $126,000. The findings are a stark reminder of the vast amount of resources these injuries consume.
– Team Trace for The Trace, 13 Statistics that Tell the Story of Gun Violence in 2018