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What's it like: To be shot with a gun

Jaclyn Cosgrove: From 2004 to 2010, there were 60 confirmed unintentional firearm deaths in Oklahoma, an average of 9 deaths per year. Half of those deaths were among men and boys 25 years old and younger.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: May 4, 2014

A bullet will not always be removed. Sometimes it does more damage to remove the bullet than to leave it. And over time, the body could recognize the bullet as a foreign object and move it to the surface of the body, making it easier and safer to remove.

Time is important in trauma, with some referring to the “Golden Hour” of trauma, arguing people treated within an hour typically have better outcomes than trauma patients who don’t reach the hospital as swiftly.

What’s the recovery time?

A patient with a soft-tissue injury without any other injuries might go home after less than a day at the hospital. Meanwhile, a person with multiple injuries might spend months in the hospital and in a recovery center.

Overall, recovery time will vary widely, depending on where a person was shot, what kind of care they receive and what their overall health was. A 20-something person might recover better and more quickly than an older person who suffers from heart disease and diabetes.

Sources: Dr. William Havron, a trauma surgeon at OU Medical Center; the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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