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Medicine For Gunshot Wound
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
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
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
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
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
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
Doctors have you ever treated any gang members for gunshot wound or something related? How was the experience?
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
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
Depends on tissues: The classic model of wound healing is divided into three or four sequential, yet overlapping,  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
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
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
Unlikely: Usually it would take 2 to 3 days before you see significant signs resulting from an infected wound. ...Read more
Will you be in pain for the rest of life if you survive a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head?
Yes.!!!: Don't do it. And if you are even thinking about it please see someone or call one of the hotlines to talk to someone. We need you here in this world with us. Please get help. ...Read more
Call 911: Direct pressure remain calm and quiteGet a more detailed answer ›
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
As long as it takes: This totally depends on the location and severity of the gunshot wound. The duration of therapy will be determined based on these factors and your response to the therapy. Work with your pt and follow their guidelines. ...Read more
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
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
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