The answer may surprise you.|
Over the last 20 years, the chances that a person will survive a critical gunshot wound have increased substantially, perhaps by around 30 to 40 percent.
The most important factors, in terms of a person’s survival odds, are the location of the injury, the amount of blood lost and how quickly the victim is transported to the hospital.
Being shot in the trunk or torso is more life-threatening than being shot in an extremity.
Within major organs such as the heart or liver, some injuries are more serious than others because they cause more bleeding.
For example, being shot in the left side of the heart generally causes more bleeding than being shot on right side of the heart, because the right side has lower blood pressure. An injury to more than one of the heart’s four chambers causes more bleeding than an injury to…
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