Gunshot Wound Management

  1. Mandatory reporting requirements
    1. Abuse and assault
      1. Child abuse -- neglect
      2. Elder abuse
      3. Domestic Violence
    2. Criminality
      1. Sexual assault
      2. Penetrating Trauma
        1. Gunshot
        2. Stab wounds
  2. Simple Pneumothorax
    1. Pathophysiology
      1. Review knowledge from previous levels
      2. Defect in chest wall allow air to enter pleural space
      3. Most common from gunshot wound
      4. Some low velocity wounds self-seal not allow atmospheric air into the chest but air from inspiration into the chest can occur in the same patient
      5. If chest wall hole is 2/3 size of trachea, more air will enter from the atmosphere – sucking sound will be present
      6. With large holes air enters both the trachea and the hole rapidly collapsing the lung
      7. Delayed or improper treatment will lead to tension pneumothorax with large open wounds
  3. Penetrating trauma
    1. High velocity
    2. Medium velocity
    3. Low velocity

Includes general overview of how to manage a gunshot wound

Reviews different types of bandages that are currently being used to treat these wounds

Content Creator: Madison Browning
CAPCE Course Number: 21-EMTP-F3-2209
Total CE Hours: 1.0
Level: Advanced
EMT-CE uses the NEMSES guidelines as the foundation for every course outline.