There are several things that an individual can do depending upon the type of gunshot wound to help someone from bleeding to death before emergency medical personnel get to the gunshot victim.
The first priority for law enforcement when they arrive on scene is to find and stop the shooter; all other actions are secondary, including rendering medical aid.
Even when Emergency Medical Services arrives, they will not enter a "hot zone" until law enforcement officials determine the area to be safe for them. Therefore, it will be up to individuals on site to render medical aid until EMS takes over.
Depending on the caliber of the bullet and where a person has been shot will often determine how quickly they may bleed to death or succumb to their injuries through organ failure.
Anyone who has been shot will have an entry wound; the entry wound is often relatively small, and if the bullet exits the body, the exit wound is often larger and usually results in heavy bleeding, which can cause a person to bleed to death in less than five minutes.
If the bullet hits bone but does not exit the body, bone fragments can cause serious damage and internal bleeding. This type of injury is usually accompanied by severe pain and shock and can result in death.
When a bullet passes through an organ inside the body, such as the lung, liver, or intestines, the gunshot victim may experience difficulty breathing (respiratory distress) or severe abdominal pain; depending on the organ struck, this can also result in internal and external bleeding resulting in death.
Most gunshot victims will not die if they receive emergency medical care at a trauma center, as long as they don't bleed out first.
Ninex offers different types of bleeding control medical kits specifically designed to deal with gunshot injuries that can be utilized by employees or the general public.
Ninex bleeding control stations and a customized map can be strategically placed throughout an organization, providing rapid accessibility. Each bleeding control station contains eight individual trauma kits and a folding litter to move the victim.
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