Penetrating wound like a gunshot or stabbing

If you or a friend have been shot or stabbed call 911 right away. Regardless of the situation, the police should be notified and the injured person should be taken to the hospital.

Here’s what to do while you wait

  • Control the bleeding.
  • Do not attempt to remove the object, instead stabilize it. Removing it could lead to more bleeding. Apply pressure to the wound around the object.
  • Watch out for signs of serious bleeding that could lead to shock. Read the signs of shock .

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