Following are examples of how pediatricans can make a change in the practice setting.
|In Your Practice
||Address firearms safety as part of your routine anticipatory guidance with children of all ages.
Incorporate questions about the presence and availability of firearms into your patient history.
Ask about the presence of firearms in the home, and counsel parents who
do keep guns to store them unloaded in a locked case, with the
ammunition locked separately.
The safest home for a child or
adolescent is one without firearms. Talk with families who possess guns
to store their gun safely and prevent access to these guns by children.
Safer storage of guns reduces injuries, and physician counseling linked
with distribution of cable locks appear to increase safer storage.
Instruct parents to ask if there is gun in the house before sending their children to play at a friend’s home.