Firearm Violence Prevention: Counseling Parents about Safe Gun Storage Practices at the Practice Level (Part 1)

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Date of Resource

January 14, 2020

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Presented by Gretchen Karstens, MD, FAAP, St. Luke’s Pediatric Associates in Duluth, MN; Andrew Kiragu, MD, FAAP, medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Hennepin Healthcare: Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP; MNAAP president-elect and pediatrician at Children’s Minnesota


  • The prevalence of children living in homes with firearms as well as the prevalence of injuries and deaths
  • Understanding firearm basics and terminology
  • Addressing firearms safety as part of routine anticipatory guidance with children of all ages
  • Incorporating questions about the presence and availability of firearms into your patient history and counsel parents about safe storage
  • Identifying resources for more information and patient handouts

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