Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday's Post: First Aide: How to Survive a Gunshot Wound

How to Survive a Gunshot Wound
Re-posted from website.

Usually only soldiers, law enforcement officers, and some hunters worry about being shot, but random shootings take place every day. Would you know what to do some around you or even yourself were shot? The answer to that question depends on if you're in an urban/suburban area where help is 10-minutes away or in a more remote area where you might be hours or days away from medical personnel.
If help is only a few minutes away, your first priority is to have someone call 911, let them know there is a gunshot wound, and give them the location. If the wound is bleeding you should attempt to apply a trauma bandage and control the bleeding through pressure. Have the victim lie down and keep them calm until help arrives.

If bleeding is severe Quikclot bleeding arrestor can work well to stop even arterial bleeding.

If you're hiking or are otherwise far from civilization you have an entirely different survival problem. If you cannot contact outside help by cell phone or with a personal locator beacon, you will need to stop bleeding and focus on preventing infection while you self-extract into a populated area where you can receive help. Keep the wound clean and focus on getting help as soon as possible.

There are of course a lot of variables in these situations, and professional medical training and being near a hospital are the best ways to prepare. If you are a hunter, law enforcement officer, or anyone else worried about the possibility of a gunshot wound you should consider adding Quikclot along with large bandages and antiseptic wipes to your outdoor gear. Adventure Medical Kits sells a Trauma Pak for $25 retail that includes all of these items. Be safe.

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