Gun safety is a major issue in healthcare.

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Report shows some aspects of gun safety still largely ignored

October 23, 2018 - 4:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Gun safety is a major issue in healthcare. Regardless of a person's political stance on the issue, there is no doubt that safety in the home is a top priority when it comes to guns. 

According to a new report from Kaiser Permanente, there is an area of gun safety that is being largely ignored by all politicians, physicians and gun owners. The concern is that there is a growing number of people developing dementia in this country. However, little is being done to ask whether guns are inside their homes, and if those with dementia who may previously have been responsible gun owners still have access and the ability to use guns with limited mental resources. 

The major concern is whether physicians are asking this question, and it appears many are not, and what can be done if, in fact, someone with dementia owns a gun. 

Overall, gun safety awareness is improving among physicians. 

In fact, after the Las Vegas shooting that left 58 concert goers dead last year, over 1,300 healthcare providers publicly pledged to ask patients about gun ownership and safety. 

Of course, if you're hearing this report you may realize that a loved one is in this situation. If that's the case, you have an opportunity to intervene and help prevent a potential tragedy.