More than 20,000 emergency room visits for air and paintball gun injuries in 2008

Research Activities October 2011, No. 374

Hospital emergency departments saw more than 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 (AHRQ). 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.

This AHRQ News and Numbers summary is based on data from Statistical Brief #119: Emergency Department Visits for Injuries Caused by Air and Paintball Guns, 2008. The report uses data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample. For information about these AHRQ databases, go to Databases and Related Tools from HCUP: Fact Sheet .

For additional information, or to speak with an AHRQ data expert, please contact Bob Isquith at bob.isquith@ahrq.hhs.gov or call (301) 427-1539.

Current as of October 2011
Internet Citation: More than 20,000 emergency room visits for air and paintball gun injuries in 2008: Research Activities October 2011, No. 374. October 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/oct11/1011RA27.html