Gunshot Wound

Gunshot wounds can cause severe bleeding and damage to your tissues and organs. They can cause broken bones (fractures). The wounds can also get infected. You must get medical care for gunshot wounds. Gunshot wounds to the chest, back, belly (abdomen), head, face, and neck need immediate medical care.

HOME CARE

  • Rest the injured body part.

  • Keep the injury raised (elevated). This lessens pain and puffiness (swelling).

  • Keep the area clean and dry. Care for the wound as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Take your medicine (antibiotics) as told. Finish it even if you start to feel better.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You pass out (faint), feel short of breath, or have severe chest or belly pain.

  • You have bleeding that will not stop.

  • You have chills or fever.

  • You have redness, puffiness, increasing pain, or yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • You lose feeling (numbness) or have weakness in the injured limb.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.