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What Happens When You Get Shot?

Every year, thousands of people die in gunshot related incidents. Even though the probability of getting shot is quite low for an average person, the risk is always there. As we constantly see news reports of people getting shot, it makes us a bit worried about what if something similar happens to us. To better understand the risks and increase our chances our survival, let’s take a look at what happens when you get shot.

Typical injuries caused by bullets

Bullets travel at a fast speed, many of them having a speed higher than the speed of sound. This is the reason why they often cause serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries caused by bullets include bleeding, damage to vital internal organs, and broken bones. If there is nerve damage, the individual may not be able to move the affected part. Bullet wounds can also result in infection and sepsis if not treated properly in a timely manner. Bullets that pierce the lungs can increase the risk of fatality. A direct shot to the heart or brain is usually fatal in most cases.

What to do if you are shot?

Getting shot seems like a pretty bad situation. However, instead of feeling awful or afraid, it will be better to prepare yourself mentally. It’s also good to know about steps you can take to improve your chances of survival. A situation may also arise where you may be required to provide assistance to an individual who has been shot.

The first thing you need to do is ask someone to call 911. The faster paramedics reach the spot, greater will be the probability of survival. According to experts, chances of surviving a bullet wound are around 80 to 95 percent. But you have to reach the hospital in time. Before help arrives, you need to stop or reduce the flow of blood. A significant percentage of deaths in gun related incidents are due to massive loss of blood. You can try to stop the bleeding by applying pressure with your hand or use a tourniquet above the wound.

In gunshot wounds, survival depends a lot on where exactly the bullet has hit you. The risk will be more if it severs your main arteries or hits vital parts such as lever, kidneys, spine, etc. While all this may seem scary, the fact is that human body has around 80% areas where a bullet may be non-fatal. So, instead of panicking, we suggest you memorize the points described above. It may come handy when saving your life or that of others.

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