Military Weapon Injury Among Illegal Immigrants at the Southern Border of Israel: A Single Level I Trauma Center Series

Gad Shaked*, Avraham Yitzhak, Amir Abramovich, Gilbert Sebbag, Kobi Peleg, Ehud Davidson, David Czeiger

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Abstract

This article describes the characteristics of injuries of illegal immigrants admitted to a Level I trauma center after being shot at the southern border of Israel. This is a retrospective descriptive study. Some of the variables were compared to a group of soldiers who sustained penetrating injury at the same region where the illegal migrant were injured. The study includes 162 patients. The lower body absorbed a higher percentage of the injuries (61 %). The hospitalization time is longer for the migrant patients compared to the soldiers (13 ± 2 vs. 3 ± 0.3 days p = 0.0001). This study on wounded immigrants shows that a conjoint military and civilian system can result in favourable outcomes. The manuscript is an attempt to bring this unique situation, its type of injuries, and the difficulties of the health system in coping with it, to the notice of all authorities that may address a similar challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1420-1426
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Border
  • Illegal immigrants
  • Military weapon
  • Penetrating injury

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