First Aid and Gunshot Wounds
In just a period of 144 days in 2018, there were 129 deaths in 101 mass shootings in the United States. While logically the focus is to save lives; would you know how to help someone after a gunshot wound?
Regardless of the weapon used, bleeding control is a critical factor in the treatment of a gunshot victim. In the even of a shooting is it critical for bystanders and/or survivors to act before paramedics or professional help arrives. In other words, teaching bystanders and non-healthcare provider how to stop the bleed.
Mount Sinai trauma surgeon Dr. Grace Chang, along with the American College of Surgeons, has reiterated the importance of bleeding control techniques. Dr. Chang stated that “It should be as easy as teaching CPR. You take any cloth or gauze that you have, and you actually apply direct pressure to the wound with both hands". She proceeded to state that "If that doesn’t help, pack the wound."
The following steps are good guideline:
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is the CEO of Help-A-Heart CPR, LLC and an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.