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How can you treat a gunshot wound?

How can you treat a gunshot wound?

By going to hospital: Depends on the location and injury. Assuming you are not currently on the sidewalk bleeding out its probably a pretty good idea to see a doctor for that condition. ...Read more

Gunshot Wound (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How can I treat a gunshot wound at home?

How can I treat a gunshot wound at home?

After hospital???: After you've already been evaluated?? Or in lieu of being evaluated.?? Unless it is a graze wound you should be seen by a surgeon to ensure there is no occult injury. Then focus on keeping the wound clean etc. If pain is increasing or increased bleeding /idscharge or if high fevers. Get to ER. ...Read more

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What are the chances of dying from gunshot wound?

What are the chances of dying from gunshot wound?

Where?: Clearly it depends on where one was shot. Heart? Pretty high. Brain.? Also high. Little toe? Not so high ...Read more

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How much time would a gunshot wound take to heal?

How much time would a gunshot wound take to heal?

Depends on severity: If it is in the soft tissue of arms or legs, about 2 weeks. In the abdomen, chest or neck it's a different story. Many of these require surgery. Some gunshot wounds never heal-look up Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a general from Maine in the Civil War. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a gunshot wound to heal?

How long will it take for a gunshot wound to heal?

Depends on…: Size & depth of wound, amount of internal damage, location of wound, whether blood supply to area was compromised, individual healing patterns, presence of comorbid conditions like diabetes, infection. Surgeon that treated wound should be best source for healing time estimate. ...Read more

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For how long does it take for a gunshot wound to heal?

For how long does it take for a gunshot wound to heal?

It depends: Depending on where the gunshot wound is and what structures were damaged will affect the length of time for healing. A gunshot that goes through a bone will take longer to heal that a gunshot that just goes through the skin and soft tissue. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gunshot wound?

What is the definition or description of: gunshot wound?

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 ...Read more

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How much time does it take to recover from a gunshot wound?

How much time does it take to recover from a gunshot wound?

Depends: If you are healthy, a matter of a few weeks.
If it gets infected, it can take a long time to heal.
See a doctor and keep it clean. ...Read more

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How should you self treat a gunshot wound?

How should you self treat a gunshot wound?

Too riskyto: Self treat yourself right down to the er or safer yet get help to do it this could be serious. ...Read more

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How can one survive a gunshot wound to the head?

How can one survive a gunshot wound to the head?

Luck: It's simply amazing to see how resilient life is, while at the same time being so fragile. But simply stated, the ability to survive, and even recover from a gunshot wound to the head is dependent first on how much brain injury is sustained, what part is injured, and how quickly surgical intervention is performed. This is exemplified in the case of congresswoman gabrielle giffords. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get stitches for a gunshot wound?

Is it possible to get stitches for a gunshot wound?

Usually not: Usually bullet wounds are dirty. We usually leave them open to heal by secondary intention (from the inside out.). ...Read more

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How do you know if your gunshot wound is infected?

How do you know if your gunshot wound is infected?

Pain fevers drainage: If the pain is getting worse everyday instead of better. If you are running fever. If the drainage from the GSW is increasing, especially if fouls smelling. See your surgeon if concerned ...Read more

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How should I stop the bleeding from a gunshot wound?

How should I stop the bleeding from a gunshot wound?

Run/ drive to an ER: If you have active bleeding, you need to see a doctor right away. It can be life threatening, if not controlled quickly. Even otherwise a medical check up is a must otherwise complications, like Infections can follow. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take a gunshot wound to the shoulder to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take a gunshot wound to the shoulder to heal?

Depends: The velocity and caliber of the gun shot as well as the entrance/exit sites and the tract of bullet between, are some of the determining factors. There are concerns about your joint, blood vessels and lung. Okay to check in with minor er or your doc about this wound and a chest x-ray. Be well. ...Read more

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Doctors have you ever treated any gang members for gunshot wound or something related? How was the experience?

Doctors have you ever treated any gang members for gunshot wound or something related? How was the experience?

Gunshot wounds: Dealt with many gunshot wounds over the years, both with gang members among other issues - the end result is basically where the bullet ends up and the damage associated with it. ...Read more

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Could you get cancer from a gunshot wound?

Could you get cancer from a gunshot wound?

Xtremely rare.: There are some cancers that can develop in scars of damaged skin but this would be rare. If concerned, see a surgeon. ...Read more

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Could someone get cancer from a gunshot wound?

Could someone get cancer from a gunshot wound?

No: Gunshot wounds do not give someone cancer.
Just make sure it heals well. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are possible infections from a gunshot wound?

I was wondering what are possible infections from a gunshot wound?

Depends.: Most common would be skin bacteria like staph or strep entering the wound. But if the bowel was struck E. coli or other intestinal bacteria could dominate. ...Read more

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Are gunshot wound infections always fatal?

Are gunshot wound infections always fatal?

Not any more: In the civil war, leg wound infections from gunshot wounds were so lethal that the best treatment was to cut the leg off. Today unless the bullet destroys a vital organ or blood vessel death from infection usually isn't a problem due to a variety of antibiotics and modern surgical techniques, but I still don't recommend getting shot! ...Read more

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Recuperation time for a gunshot wound to the shoulder?

Recuperation time for a gunshot wound to the shoulder?

Depends: If just fat and skin, days to weeks. If muscle tendon joint or bone was involved could take weeks to months and may require surgery ...Read more

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What is the treatment and healing time for gunshot wound?

What is the treatment and healing time for gunshot wound?

Depends.: Soft tissue heals within weeks. A GSW to bowel may result in a fistula with drainage for months to years. ...Read more

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Which type of infection follows an untreated gunshot wound?

Velocity? Organs?: As dr. Miller points out the bullet or gun may not be clean and the presence of bacteria may depend on the velocity and energy of the bullet. However penetrating injuries to the bowel can cause devastating fecal soilage of wounds with fatal consequences. Other concerns include tetanus status. Your risk of infection is also related to your overall health and vulnerability and immune state. ...Read more

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Generally how long would a gunshot wound to the leg take to heal?

Generally how long would a gunshot wound to the leg take to heal?

Depends on tissues: The classic model of wound healing is divided into three or four sequential, yet overlapping, [2] phases: (1) hemostasis (not considered a phase by some authors), (2) inflammation, (3) proliferation and (4) remodeling. If there is still a problem healing the area after 3weeks need to understand where the issue is - 2nd/3rd stage Once the treatment is adjusted wound should heal. Infection is 2nd stg ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are possible infections from a gunshot wound?

Many possibilities: Obviously, it depends what body part is injured. For example, a bowel injury would be quite high risk for infection. The same for a wound to a joint. A bullet that only struck on soft tissue (skin) would be lower, but depends on what caliber etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what kind of infection follows an untreated gunshot wound?

Can you tell me what kind of infection follows an untreated gunshot wound?

Many possibilities: Many organisms can result from a gun shot wound. You would need an culture to determine the infective organism in order to select the appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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Why is a gunshot wound infection so deadly?

NotSoMuch: The severity of a gsw is related to the structures injured in the course of the bullet; there is nothing intrinsically dangerous about the bullet, which is actually sterile (in contrast to tv shows, we do not remove bullets unless they are in harms way). A wound infection is no more dangerous from a gsw than any other wound except for any foreign material present (clothing, etc). ...Read more

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How could they treat a gunshot wound to the stomach?

How could they treat a gunshot wound to the stomach?

Surgery.: Assuming the bullet entered the abdominal cavity then surgery is necessary. The abdomen must be explored to ensure that no injuries are missed. ...Read more

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Wounds (Definition)

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