Distance to trauma centres among gunshot wound victims: identifying trauma ‘deserts’ and ‘oases’ in Detroit
This paper was born out of trip I took to a trauma center in Detroit in early 2018. One thing I noticed at the time was the differences in response time based on where in the city a person was shot. I was able to utilize data from the Detroit Police Department on all fatal and non-fatal victims and link the proportion of survial to deaths based on distance to the nearest trauma center. I found that neighborhoods immediately around trauma centers had lower death rates (what I called 'oaises' and areas much farther from trauma centers had slightly elevated death rates ('trauma deserts').