Treating a Gunshot Wound

Gunshot wound to the left thigh showing entry and exit wounds, 3 year old girl.

“There are solid steps you can take—ones that not everyone knows—that could save a shooting victim’s life.” — Dr. James Hubbard, author of “The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook”. His website is

This study guide is based on “Gunshot Wounds: What to Do If You or Someone Near You Gets Shot”. Click on the Using Study Guides menu to learn why you should write out your answers to these questions. The anti-gunners may be right about one thing. The pace of mass casualty events seems to be increasing in 2016. At this writing, details are slowly coming out about a second ambush massacre of police officers, this time in Baton Rouge, LA.

You carry a gun because you might need to inflict a gunshot wound. The only justifiable reason for doing so it that you or those around you are at risk of death or grave bodily harm. If you face a deadly threat, you should know how to treat life-threatening injuries.

Dr. Hubbard gives two steps with five action items for responding to a gunshot wound. What are the two steps?

Describe each of the five action items.

Dr. Hubbard describes using improvised dressings for treating wounds. Do you carry any first aid items? If so, what do you have?

Do you carry first aid items on your body or in a car or bag? Why have you chosen that method of preparedness?

How have the recent terrorist attacks affected your thinking about first aid preparedness?

If escape is possible for you and those with you, should you run or stay to treat the wounded? Why?

Do you have a duty to treat injuries? Explain why you might stay in a perilous situation.

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