Why Gunshot wounds may not bleed profusely.|
Remember gunshot wounds are serious. Just because they may not bleed profusely it doesn't mean you are out of the woods yet.
- Entry and exit wounds are often small.
- Bullets rarely transect or sever major arteries and blood vessels
- Surrounding tissue acts as a barrier to blood loss
- As blood pressure falls, bleeding slows.
Types of Wounds.|
Scalp wounds bleed profusely and may require prolonged pressure. Position with head and shoulders slightly raised.
Eye wounds: Victim should hold cloth over injured eye and keep eyes still
Penetrating chest wounds: To seal wound, place plastic bag over dressing. If conscious, victim should be placed in sitting position leaning towards injury. In unconscious, lying on injured side.
Abdominal wounds: position lying on back with knees raised.
Amputation: do not apply cotton wool to raw surface. Wrap body part in plastic bag. on ice. do not wash severed part. Label part. Ice not to directly touch part.