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Gunshot Wounds Chest
Yes: While it may be preferable to be treated in a level 1 trauma center, most er's and hospitals can do an acceptable job if necessary. It depends on the involvement of the medical staff, and the comfort level of the facility. If they don't think they can do it, transfer quickly. ...Read more
For how long would it take for a gunshot wound to the area around the right shoulder/chest a little below the collar bone take to heal?
Quickly, usually: Most GSWs to the lung are treated with a tube in the chest, which expands the lung and causes the bleeding to stop. Only 15% require surgery, usually for severe bleeding. Once the tube is out and the lung expanded, the lung heals quickly, usually a week or two. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusing Story: I am not sure where this question comes from. If you have gun shots in your chest I would hope you are in the hospital and that the medical team there is trying to save your life. If you are planning on shooting yourself and this is a cry for help please get some help from your community so you can choose life over suicide. If you are planning a homicide please please give your gun away.. ...Read more
My question is as follows a adult man in good health, 170lbs, was shot with a 45 cal. Bullet from a hand gun, and the gunshot entered the thorax in the anterolateral 6th intercostal space. The projectile proceeded slightly medially, slightly superiorly, a
How many people die every year from the regular flu as compared to from gunshot wounds in the u.S.?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
See below: Flail chest, multiple ribs fractured in multiple places on one side of the chest, can cause inability of the lung to expand on that side. Usually ventilator support and underlying lung healing will allow the ribs to heal on their own. Rarely surgery is needed to fixate the ribs if there is too much damage or lack of self-healing. Chest wound is treated with cleaning, suturing only if appropriate. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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