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.