Top
10
Doctor insights on: Gunshot Wounds In The Hand

Share
1

1
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

Not : Not very long. The problem would not be bleeding on the outside, which might be manageable by two rescuers, but rather the bleeding on the inside. In all likelihood, the bullet would tear major arteries in the lung itself, filling the chest cavity with blood; in fact, it is well known that a person can bleed to death internally--into the chest cavity--with little or no blood visible externally. This large volume of blood would also compress the heart and keep it from beating effectively. Even if there was no injury to lung vessels, this kind of injury would almost certainly let air into the space between the lung and the chest wall, a condition called pneumothorax. When enough air gets into that space, it becomes a "tension pneumothorax, " which again compresses the heart to the extent that it cannot function. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
803 doctors shared insights

Wounds (Definition)

Wounds is also known as Injuries and wounds. A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more


2

2
I was wondering what are possible infections from a gunshot wound?

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

Gunshot wound infn: That depends where gsw occurs. Through a clean area (hand/arm/leg) w/no clothing should be sterile (bullets are hot). Staph ; other skin bugs may cause infn. Shot through clothing pulls fibers ; whatever is on those fibers through ; allows those bacteria access (staph, strep, dirt bugs, gut bugs). Shot to belly can rupture bowel ; gut bacteria (e coli, klebs, enterococcus, pseudomonas, yeast..). ...Read more

3

3
How long will I need physical therapy for after a gunshot wound?

How long will I need physical therapy for after a gunshot wound?

Gunshot wound: It depends on where the gunshot wound was located and what damage was done and what kind of recuperation that you need. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
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

See 2 more doctor answers
5

5
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

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Health and wellness: how much do gunshot wounds increase someone's inflammation levels?

Gunshot: Gunshot wounds can increase the inflammatory levels, just as would any injury to the body. Unable to ascertain how high those levels would go; and its possible that the inflammatory markets would not show much elevation when tested. It is injury and patient specific. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
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

8

8
What is the definition or description of: gunshot wound?

A wound: Caused by a gun shot. Check your tetanus status. Go to the er to be evaluated. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
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

See 1 more doctor answer