January to June's reports on violence surveillance data has been released
UPDATE: The EpiCenter Violence Surveillance Report was just released for January through June of 2016. For the months of January-June 2016 in Cuyahoga County, there were 3,393 cases that reported to the Emergency Room (ER)/Urgent Care (UC) for reasons relating to violence. Of those 3,393 cases, 53% were female and 47% were male and the single age with the largest number of cases was 24, with 129 cases. Summer time always shows a spike in crime and this year was no different as the highest number of violence cases were seen in June, with 671 cases (about 20% of the total cases in the six month period). For the months of January-June 2016 in Cuyahoga County, there were 384 cases that reported to the Emergency Room (ER)/Urgent Care (UC) for gunshot-related reasons. Of those 384 cases, 11.7% were female and 88.3% were male. Males aged 18-26 years old comprised the largest number of cases with 174; males aged 27-64 had the second highest number of cases with 127. It is important that healthcare systems, particularly emergency rooms (ER), are integrated into violence prevention efforts. Emergency room staff must be equipped with the tools necessary to handle patients who have come to the ER for violence or gunshot-related reasons. ER staff must be prepared, not only clinically, but also emotionally and psychologically as well.