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Escalation of youth violence piles pressure on care providers

The epidemic of violence among young people is placing new demands on healthcare staff beyond the clinical

The epidemic of violence among young people brings new demands on healthcare staff beyond the clinical

  • Emergency departments not already seeing young people with stab or gunshot wounds warned to prepare for them
  • Less specialist, less resourced district general hospitals may need to learn lessons
  • Worrying effect on staff having to deal with young, dying patients and distraught relatives

Treating young people with stab or gunshot wounds has become the new normal in some of the country’s major trauma centres, so much so that, in these large and specialist hospitals, staff are as equipped as they can be to deal with patients who have received the most severe violence-related trauma.

But, as the horrifying epidemic of youth violence continues to spread across the country, should less specialist, less resourced district general hospitals be learning lessons?

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