National Gun Violence Awareness Day: UCI Health Doctors and Nurses Wear Orange to End Gun Violence

ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) – Healthcare workers at UCI Health commemorated National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday by wearing the color orange.

UCI Health is the only certified Level I adult trauma center in Orange County.

Last year trauma surgeon Dr. Theresa Chin said they had treated nearly 150 people for gunshot injuries.

She said gun violence is a big problem that affects everyone.

“No one is immune from gun violence,” Chin said. “We are all affected.”

She said treating these types of preventable injuries can take a toll on them.

“One will die before us and then the next one, we have to go ahead and take care of them like nothing happened,” Chin said. “Probably the hardest thing is when kids die and when you lose kids it can be really challenging, especially when you have kids of your own.”

Chin also said that incidents such as the Buffalo supermarket shooting, the massacre at a Texas elementary school and the recent shooting that killed four people, including two doctors, at a Tulsa hospital showed that gun violence can happen anywhere.

“We come to work to help people and to know that our lives can be put at risk by something like this is very scary,” she said.

dr But Claire Sakae, a surgical supplies assistant, said health care workers had a job to do.

“Every patient we have is someone’s child,” Sakae said. “It’s someone’s family and everyone is important to someone else, so that reminds me how important everyone is.”

President Joe Biden has called on Congress to take action on guns in the wake of recent mass tragedies in communities across the country.

Parents of victims and survivors of the Buffalo and Uvalde mass shootings will appear before a House committee next week as lawmakers debate gun control.

Meanwhile, healthcare workers like Dr. Chin everyone to learn how to stop a gunshot wound from bleeding until help arrives.

“Put some pressure on it,” she said. “If you can, if it looks like it’s bleeding profusely, put a tourniquet on it. You can use a belt, you can use a t-shirt, you can use anything.”

Chin said some medical associations are lobbying for gun reform at the state and national levels.

She said that at the UCI they work on gun safety awareness campaigns and mental health awareness campaigns that focus on helping people in that community.

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