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Gunshot victims a larger share of emergency room cases in Baltimore

Gunshot victims a larger share of emergency room cases in Baltimore

Every time it happens, a chorus of alarms sounds — through overhead speakers, as well as cellphones, pagers and other electronic devices hanging from the necks of emergency room staff at Sinai Hospital.

The "delta code" means another serious trauma case is about to arrive at the North Baltimore hospital. Since April, when a spate of violence began in the city, there is a heightened chance it is someone grievously wounded by a gunshot.

"You hear them go off," said Dr. William P. Jaquis, chief of emergency medicine at Sinai, one of three designated trauma hospitals in Baltimore. "A team of 15 to 20 people come running. We know we'll be working...

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