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Types of Gunshot Wounds

Abrasion
Abrasion

Figure 2 The area of abraided tissue surrounding this gunshot wound of entrance is the ‘abrasion collar’. Additional appropriate terms would include: abrasion margin, abrasion rim or abrasion ring. Intermediate range entrance wounds ‘Tattooing’ is pathognomonic for an intermediate range gunshot wound.

Aerosol Burn
Aerosol Burn

A gunshot wound (GSW), also known as ballistic trauma, is a form of physical trauma sustained from the discharge of arms or munitions. The most common forms of ballistic trauma stem from firearms used in armed conflicts, civilian sporting, recreational pursuits and criminal activity.

Avulsion
Avulsion

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Ballistic Trauma
Ballistic Trauma

A gunshot wound (GSW), also known as ballistic trauma, is a form of physical trauma sustained from the discharge of arms or munitions. The most common forms of ballistic trauma stem from firearms used in armed conflicts, civilian sporting, recreational pursuits and criminal activity.

Blunt Trauma/ Superficial/Closed
Blunt Trauma/ Superficial/Closed

Wounds can be open or closed. Open wounds are wounds with exposed underlying tissue and/or organs that are open to the outside environment (like penetrating wounds). Closed wounds have damage that occurs without exposing the underlying tissue and organs (non-penetrating wounds).

Burn
Burn

A gunshot wound (GSW), also known as ballistic trauma, is a form of physical trauma sustained from the discharge of arms or munitions. The most common forms of ballistic trauma stem from firearms used in armed conflicts, civilian sporting, recreational pursuits and criminal activity.

Burn/Corrosion/Chemical Burn
Burn/Corrosion/Chemical Burn

The additional concepts are reporting the agent or cause of the corrosion, laterality and encounter. ICD-10 also makes a distinction between burns and corrosions. Burn codes apply to thermal burns (except sunburns) that come from a heat source, such as fire, hot appliance, electricity and radiation. Corrosions are burns due to chemicals.

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Frostbite
Frostbite

Multiple gunshot wounds are more lethal than a single gunshot wound. The number of patients presenting with multiple gunshot wounds, and the likelihood of dying from gunshot wounds, are increasing, according to a 2016 analysis of trauma admissions at the Denver Health Medical Center reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Incision
Incision

A gunshot wound (GSW), also known as ballistic trauma, is a form of physical trauma sustained from the discharge of arms or munitions. The most common forms of ballistic trauma stem from firearms used in armed conflicts, civilian sporting, recreational pursuits and criminal activity.

Laceration
Laceration

A laceration is a wound that occurs when skin, tissue, and/or muscle is torn or cut open. Lacerations may be deep or shallow, long or short, and wide or narrow. Most lacerations are the result of the skin hitting an object, or an object hitting the skin with force.

Occupational Injuries
Occupational Injuries

Fatal Occupational Injuries from Accidental Gunshot Wounds, 1993-2002 by Stephen M. Pegula Bureau of Labor Statistics Originally Posted: September 29, 2004 Over the period from 1993 to 2002, 175 workers were killed on the job as a result of an accidental gunshot wound--an average of about 18 fatalities per year during that 10-year span.

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Penetrating Trauma/Open
Penetrating Trauma/Open

Penetrating trauma is an injury that occurs when an object pierces the skin and enters a tissue of the body, creating an open wound. In blunt, or non-penetrating trauma, there may be an impact, but the skin is not necessarily broken.

Puncture
Puncture

A gunshot wound is a puncture wound. Puncture wounds do not bleed muc Puncture wounds do not bleed muc Punctures usually occur when a pointed object, such as a nail, pierces the skin. A gunshot wound is a puncture wound. Puncture wounds do not bleed muc

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Stab Wound
Stab Wound

Stab wounds can cause various internal and external injuries. They are generally caused by low-velocity weapons, meaning the injuries inflicted on a person are typically confined to the path it took internally, instead of causing damage to surrounding tissue, which is common of gunshot wounds.

Ulceration
Ulceration

An ulcer is actually a type of wound if it is located externally. It is a sore on the skin or the mucous membrane. Most often, ulceration occurs in the gastrointestinal lining.