Anyone that goes hunting should be aware of the different types of gunshot wounds that can occur and learn the proper first-aid measures to take. As well, although it’s disturbing to think about, we should also arm ourselves with the first-aid techniques for gunshots as citizens due to the violence that can occur on the streets.
Bullets can travel throughout the body so it’s really difficult to tell where the internal injuries have taken place. For example, a bullet landing in a person’s chest can travel down to his abdomen. It all depends on the placement of the person’s body at the time, how far away the shot is coming from and the direction of the travelling bullet.
A superficial gunshot wound will only damage the skin area and maybe a small amount of tissue beneath it. It can be difficult for a person who has never seen a gunshot wound before to tell whether the bullet entered the body or simply skimmed by it. For this reason, all gunshot wounds must be taken very seriously and attended to by medical personnel.
Bleeding on the outside does not provide a proper indication of the internal bleeding that may be occurring inside. Some of the symptoms of internal bleeding include the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pulse steadily increases
- Blood pressure lowers
- Patient becomes less alert
If you see any of these signs the person must be transported to a medical facility as soon as possible. This is a life-and-death situation. While you are waiting for help to arrive, you should do your best to control the external bleeding by using direct pressure on the wound and elevate the area.
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