The conclusion of the study was that a significant proportion of firearm injuries in children are accidental and therefore preventable. Injury prevention efforts should be focused on safe gun storage at home, strategies to increase anticipatory guidance given to families about safe gun storage, and educating teenagers on safe methods of handling firearms. The team is continuing their injury prevention efforts working with community pediatricians to increase anticipatory guidance provided to families on safe gun storage.
Dr. Johnson is a research fellow in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital before pursuing a residency in general surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Her research interests are broad and include pediatric trauma, neonatal surgical conditions, and pediatric small bowel obstructions. Her long-term research interests are flexible stating, “My path has taught me to take each day as it comes and keep an open mind to all of the possibilities.” After training, she would like to remain in academic medicine to continue her research and serve as an example to what is possible in medicine.