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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
What would a hospital that was not a level 3 trauma center do with a victim of a gunshot wound to the chest?
Stabilize &…: If pt is adequately stable, transport him/her to level 3 center. If not stable, hospital's surgical team would have to intervene, possible calling in a team from tertiary center to assist. ...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?
Not if: It just happened and you are wasting time on a computer instead of calling 911! if this is some chronic problem for which you have had treatment then be more specific. Your question sounds like the gun is still smoking and you are bleeding. ...Read more
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
Plz summarize quest?: Your question was cut off. Please restate ...Read more
How many people die every year from the regular flu as compared to from gunshot wounds in the u.S.?
Sucking chest wound: Sucking chest wound means an wound which is allowing entry of air into pleura (covering over lung) during inspiration but air cannot exit out of wound, consequently can cause lungs to collapse. ...Read more
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
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
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
Yes!: It just depends on where you got hit! ...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 more
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
Depends: Some stab wounds to the chest don't break the subcutaneous tissue or muscle and may just need stitches. Others can hit lung only, only requiring a chest tube until the hole seals. Arteries in the chest wall can bleed into the chest cavity, but are repairable. Hits to the heart and great vessels can be rapidly fatal. For all chest penetrating trauma, rapid eval and treatment is essential. ...Read more
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
Infection: Watch for redness and pain, signs of infection ...Read more
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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