If current trends for this nation continue, by the year 2003 the number of people Killed by firearms will exceed the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents. Critical care practitioners must understand the mechanism of injury associated with firearm injuries to provide optimal care. This article reviews internal, exterior, and terminal ballistics, bullet design, wound classification, and initial assessment and treatment of firearm injuries
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Trauma| May 01 1995
June Hinkle, RN, MSN;
From the Department of Critical Care Nursing, Emergency Department, and SKYMED, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.
Reprint requests to June Hinkle, RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Ohio State University Medical Center, N-l60, Doan Hall, 410 West 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1995) 6 (2): 175–186.
June Hinkle, Sally Betz; Gunshot Injuries. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1995; 6 (2): 175–186. doi:
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