(Education and Consultative Services (formerly OERP) of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital) Microsoft Teams Learning Series: Firearm Safety Issues in the Context of COVID June 5, 2020
March, 2020 saw record setting sales of firearms in Pennsylvania and across the United States.
Often acquired by novices, often acquired in panic, and often brought into homes with children or
people with significant risk factors, these weapons may pose a special risk to the safety of the
clients we care for. Similar historic surges in firearm sales have been associated with elevated rates
of accidental and homicidal firearm deaths. Given the plethora of added psychosocial stressors
accompanying this time there is also heightened concern about suicide risk.
This presentation will explore some of the recent and historic data about firearm purchase surges,
special issues with providing care (including telehealth) into homes at risk for firearm violence and
injury, and provide some basic strategies for enhancing the safety of patients and their families.
By the completion of this session, participants should be able to:
1. Discuss how the recent patterns in firearm sales in PA and the US compare with historic patterns
2. Describe special challenges in providing mental health services to clients in homes with firearms in the current COVID Pandemic 3. Formulate basic steps to enhance safety assessment in clinical care
John “Jack” Rozel, MD, MSL, Medical Director, resolve Crisis Services, UPMC Western Psychiatric, Associate Professor of Psychiatry,Adjunct Professor of Law, and Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law At the University of Pittsburgh
No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Healthcare Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.00 Attendance