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The Top Five Facts About Getting Shot

Getting shot is no joke, depending on the caliber of the bullet and the type of weapon being used, gunshot wounds can vary very differently. Firearms safety plays a big part in this, always make sure that any weapons you do have lying around the house, are empty and or, secured properly. And NEVER point a weapon at anyone, especially if you are playing around, that’s how most accidental gunshots occur. Below this paragraph and the video, is information pertaining to how to provide basic first aid if you are unlucky enough to be shot, or are with someone who have been shot

 

 

 

Providing basic first aid in the event of a gun shot Courtesy of wikihow.com:

 

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    Establish that you are in a safe position. If the victim was shot unintentionally (e.g., while hunting), make sure that everyone’s firearm is pointed away from others, cleared of ammo, safe, and secured. If the victim was shot in a crime, verify that the shooter is no longer on the scene and that both you and the victim are safe from further injury. Wear personal protective equipment, such as latex gloves, if available.
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    Call for help. Dial 911 for emergency medical assistance. If you are calling from a cell phone, be certain that you can provide the operator with your location. The operator will have difficulty locating you otherwise.
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    Keep the victim in place. Do not move the victim unless you must do so to keep him safe or access care. Moving the victim could aggravate a spinal injury. Elevating the wound can limit bleeding, but should not be considered unless you are confident that there is no spinal injury.
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    Act quickly. Time is your enemy in treating the victim. Victims who reach medical facilities during the “Golden Hour” have a much better likelihood of surviving. Try to keep your movements swift without making the person feel more upset or panicked.
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    Apply direct pressure to control bleeding. Take cloth, bandage, or gauze and press directly against the wound using the palm of your hand. Continue for at least ten minutes. If bleeding does not stop, check the location of the wound and consider re-positioning yourself. Add new bandages over the old; do not remove bandages when they become soaked.
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    Apply dressing. If the bleeding subsides, apply cloth or gauze to the wound. Wrap it around the wound to apply pressure. Do not, however, wrap so tightly that the victim loses circulation or feeling in her extremities.
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    Be prepared to treat the victim for shock. Gunshot wounds frequently lead to shock, a condition caused by trauma or loss of blood. Expect that a gunshot victim will show signs of shock and treat them accordingly by making sure the victim’s body temperature remains consistent — cover the person so that he does not get cold. Loosen tight clothing and drape him in a blanket or coat. Typically you would want to elevate the legs of someone experiencing shock, but refrain from doing so if they might have a spinal injury or a wound in the torso.
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    Give reassurance. Tell the person that she’s okay and that you’re helping. Reassurance is important. Ask the person to talk to you. Keep the person warm. If possible, ask the person about any medications she is taking, any medical conditions (i.e. diabetes, hypertension), and any drug allergies she may have. This is important information and may distract her from her wound.

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    Stay with the person. Continue to reassure and keep the victim warm. Wait for the authorities. If the blood congeals around the bullet wound, do not remove blood mats on wound, as this is acting to stopper the blood and prevent any more from flowing out.

 

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