Gunshot wounds need medical attention to assess their severity and begin treatment. Ensuring your own safety has to come first.
Call 111 as soon as it is safe and possible.
If somebody has been shot, the priority is for you and the injured person to find a safe place away from further threats.
Applying firm pressure to the wound is essential when the person is bleeding heavily. Check for an exit wound and any further source of bleeding.
If they have a large wound, cover the area with any clean cloth, clothing, sanitary towels or incontinence pads if available. Press down as hard as you can.
Stay with the injured person and reassure them and treat them for shock until help arrives.
Gunshot wounds need medical attention to assess their severity and begin treatment. Call 111 as soon as it is safe and possible. Acting quickly can help slow bleeding and prevent life-threatening complications.
Bleeding is the leading cause of death for people with gunshot wounds.
Where there is a likely crime scene, try to preserve evidence, only move things to administer life-saving care. Wear gloves if possible.
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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