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Could a level III trauma center operate on a victim of a gunshot wound to the chest?

Could a level III trauma center operate on a victim of a gunshot wound to the 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

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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

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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?

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?

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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Gunshot wound to the left lung, how to heal?

Gunshot wound to the left lung, how 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 more

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I have gunshot wound to the left lung, will I be okay?

I have gunshot wound to the left lung, will I be okay?

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

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I have 2 holes in the left side of my chest from gunshot. How will the emts and doctors fix this?

I have 2 holes in the left side of my chest from gunshot. How will the emts and doctors fix this?

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

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How many people die every year from the regular flu as compared to from gunshot wounds in the u.S.?

How many people die every year from the regular flu as compared to from gunshot wounds in the u.S.?

Guns>flu: In 2010 the cdc saysthere were 31, 513 gun deaths in the us suicide 19, 308; homicide 11, 015; accident 600. With regaurd to influenza the cdc is much less exact indicating an average of about 26000 deaths anually. ...Read more

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What is a sucking chest wound?

What is a sucking chest wound?

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

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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

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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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How would you treat a flail chest and chest wound?

How would you treat a flail chest and chest wound?

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

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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 common is it for somebody to get chest stab wound and not recover?

How common is it for somebody to get chest stab wound and not recover?

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

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What do you suggest if I have an open wound on my chest how fo I take care of it?

It would: Depend on the type, age and size/depth of the wound as well as your overall health. Generally just keeping the wound clean and dressed daily using very mild soap and water then applying a small amount of antibiotic ointment under a clean dressing suffices. ...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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Can someone tell me how to tear my chest muscles?

?: Why would you want to? If you are really trying to, straining beyond your capacity should do it. ...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