Hospital emergency departments saw over 20,000 injuries due to air and paintball guns in 2008, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This represents a 20 percent decrease in emergency room visits for injuries caused by air and paintball guns from 2006.
AHRQ also found that in emergency departments in 2008:
• About 60 percent of visits for air and paintball gun injuries were for children and adolescents 17 and younger. More than 25 percent were for children aged 10 to 14.
• Males were 5 times more likely than females to be seen for air and paintball gun injuries.
• Visits for air and paintball gun injuries were higher in rural areas (92 per 1 million population) than in urban areas (61 per 1 million population).
• Low-income children and adults were nearly three times more likely than those with higher-incomes to be treated for air and paintball gun injuries, at 93 and 34 visits per 1 million people, respectively.
• One in four visits for air and paintball guns were billed as uninsured, while about one-third of visits were billed to private insurance and another one-third billed to Medicaid.
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