If you’re afraid of being shot, you’re not alone. In recent years, more and more Americans rank being involved in a shooting among their top fears, leading to a rise in bulletproof protective products for sale. However, you mustn’t let fear prevent you from living your life. By learning in advance what to do if you or someone else gets shot, you can conquer your anxiety and potentially save a life. Follow these steps:
Call 911: You need medical professionals on-site quickly, so call 911 as soon as possible after realizing someone has been shot.
Try to Stop the Bleeding: Most gunshot victims die because of blood loss; even an injury to the arm or leg can be fatal if the wound bleeds freely. Either apply manual pressure on the wound or fasten a tourniquet tightly above the wound.
Don’t Underestimate Internal Damage: Even if the victim is wearing a bulletproof protective product that caught the bullet, there may still be serious internal damage. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Plug Chest Wounds: When there is an open chest wound, there is the risk of a lung collapsing due to air being sucked into the cavity. Plug the hole with something non-absorbent, like petroleum jelly from a first aid kit or even something improvised like plastic or tape.