Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Evaluation Treatment specialist Underlying Cause Types

Gunshot Wounds Treatment

The treatment for gunshot wounds depends on the location and the extent of the injury. Other important factors include: projectile velocity and caliber of projectile. Treatment for a gunshot wound may include intravenous fluids, blood transfusion, wound care, and surgery.

Treatment for a gunshot wound may include:

  • Intravenous fluids
  • Blood transfusion
  • Surgery for gunshot wounds
  • Wound care
  • Narcotic pain medication:
    • For moderate to severe pain
    • For short term use only
  • Antibiotics:
    • For contaminated wounds, such as high velocity gunshot wounds

Gunshot Wounds Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat gunshot wounds:

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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