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What is the definition or description of: gunshot wound?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Projectiles: Gun shot wounds are typically high velocity projectiles that transfer a lot of energy upon impact. There is often an entrance and an exit wound. The medical evaluation focuses on damage to vital structures between the entrance and exit. Some gun shots wounds are lethal and range to minimal damage depending on caliber, velocity, body part impacted, distance and access to emt and healthcare.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
A wound: Caused by a gun shot. Check your tetanus status. Go to the er to be evaluated.
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 37 years experience
Wound from a bullet: Sounds trivial but that's all there is to it. A wound is a defect in the skin, many causes, obviously. Wounds from a bullet, pellet, piece of shrapnel, knife or even the end of a broken bone would be called penetrating wounds. There are other wounds not due to penetration, such as abrasions, wounds from poor blood supply, radiation, chemicals, burns, frostbite or irritation from moisture, etc

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