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State of Alaska

Alaska Firearm Injury Report Surveillance System (AKFIRSS)

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Epidemiology, Injury Surveillance
The Alaska Firearm Injury Report Surveillance System (AKFIRSS) tracks firearm injuries occurring in Alaska through reports from health care providers and supporting documents, such as newspaper articles, trooper dispatches, and other media sources. Types of firearm include handgun, long gun (e.g., rifle, shotgun), pellet gun, BB gun, and paintball gun. Under Alaska State Statute 7AAC 27.013, all health care providers diagnosing or providing treatment for a patient with a firearm injury must make a report within 5 working days. This report collects information about the patient, including his/her name, date of birth, sex, race, ethnicity, and residence. It also provides information about the injury event, including the setting, the type of firearm used, the intent, the relationship between victim and shooter, any suspicion of drugs or alcohol use at the time of injury, and the circumstances surrounding the event. It also collects information on how the patient was treated (hospitalized, treated in ER, outpatient, etc.) and the patient's final disposition.

Together with data from the Alaska Trauma Registry (ATR), Alaska Health Facilities Data Reporting Program, and the Alaska Violent Death Reporting System (AKVDRS), the AKFIRSS provides a comprehensive picture of firearm injury occurrence in Alaska. This, in turn, helps us to better understand how firearm injuries occur and improve prevention efforts.

Topics

Assault Accidental injuries
Child playing with weaponFirearm types
Firearm injuries Gunshot wounds
Hospitalizations Hunting
ShootingsSubstance use
SuicideViolence
Weapon cleaning
Registry
Firearm injury
Check box categories for race of White, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, other (specify), and unknown. Check box categories for ethnicity of non-Hispanic, Hispanic, and unknown.
Firearm injuries
Age, sex, race, ethnicity
Firearm injuries in Alaska
Mandatory reporting within 5 days of treatment. Summarized annually or custom time periods
Mandatory reporting
Mandatory reporting
All reported firearm injuries
Under Alaska State Statute 7AAC 27.013, all health care providers diagnosing or providing treatment for a patient with a firearm injury must make a report within 5 working days. This report collects information about the patient, including his/her name, date of birth, sex, race, ethnicity, and residence. It also provides information about the injury event, including the setting, the type of firearm used, the intent, the relationship between victim and shooter, any suspicion of drugs or alcohol use at the time of injury, and the circumstances surrounding the event. It also collects information on how the patient was treated (hospitalized, treated in ER, outpatient, etc.) and the patient's final disposition.
Although it is state law for health care providers to report firearm injuries to the state, AKFIRSS is limited by provider compliance.
Data requests can be directed to the Injury Surveillance Program by email at epi-injury@alaska.gov or by phone at (907) 269-8000.
Laura Coughlin
CDC Public Health Associate
Laura.Coughlin@alaska.gov
(907) 269-8080
AKFIRSS Program
Injury Surveillance Program
Section of Epidemiology
Division of Public Health
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
3601 C Street, Suite 540
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (Ak-IBIS) web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Mon, 21 May 2018 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov ".

Content updated: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:35:20 AKST
The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics AK-IBIS web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Mon, 21 May 2018 18:11:28 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/ ".

Content updated: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:35:20 AKST