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Gunshot wound of the bicep!

Gunshot wound of the bicep!

The photo above is an up-close picture of a high-velocity gunshot wound of the bicep exposing fat, muscle, hard bone and tendon!

In any emergency situation, especially when your life is at risk, a calm head is your greatest asset. That can be tricky since our instincts have been honed over tens of thousands of years to warn us of danger and get us out of life-threatening situations.

If you are caught in a dangerous situation, especially one where the actual threat may not be clear and there's panic around you, experts explained that the golden rule to remember and follow is run, hide, then fight.

If you find a victim, follow these steps to increase their chance of survival...

DO NOT MOVE THE VICTIM unless you must do so to keep him safe or access care: Moving the victim could aggravate a spinal injury. Elevating the wound can limit bleeding, but should not be considered unless you are confident that there is no spinal injury.

Apply direct pressure to CONTROL BLEEDING: Take cloth, bandage, or gauze and press directly against the wound using the palm of your hand. Continue for at least ten minutes. If bleeding does not stop, check the location of the wound and consider re-positioning yourself. Add new bandages over the old; do not remove bandages when they become soaked.

Be prepared to TREAT THE VICTIM FOR SHOCK: Gunshot wounds frequently lead to shock, a condition caused by trauma or loss of blood. Expect that a gunshot victim will show signs of shock and treat them accordingly by making sure the victim's body temperature remains consistent, cover the person so that he does not get cold. Loosen tight clothing and drape him in a blanket or coat. Typically you would want to elevate the legs of someone experiencing shock, but refrain from doing so if they might have a spinal injury or a wound in the torso.


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