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5 Things You Must Know (And Do) If You Get Shot

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5 Things You Must Know (And Do) If You Get ShotPretty much every survival site has lots of articles about the importance of owning guns for self-defense after the SHTF. Heck, we just published one the other day.

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But it’s important to remember that preppers aren’t the only people stockpiling guns. Bad guys like guns, too. And after a widespread disaster, you can bet they’ll be using them while they loot stores and burglarize homes.

The point I’m driving at is this: There is a very real possibility that during a major crisis, you could get shot. If that happened, what would you do?

I’m cautious when writing about first aid because I’m not an expert. I’ve taken basic first aid classes and I know how to use the supplies in my first aid kit, but I’m not a doctor or even a nurse. So I prefer to defer to experts such as Dr. Joe Alton, M.D. of DoomAndBloom.net.

Recently, City Prepping made a video where he asked Dr. Alton five questions about what to do if you get shot. Here are the questions:

  1. What is it like to get shot and what is the first thing you should do?
  2. How much blood can I lose and still function?
  3. How can you tell how much blood you’ve lost by physical signs and symptoms?
  4. What should I do if I’ve been shot in the chest or abdomen?
  5. If I have a tourniquet, how and when should I use it?

The answers are a bit complicated, so rather than typing them up, I’ll just let you watch the video below.

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4 Comments

  1. bob alen on August 3, 2020 at 12:47 am

    do i win……………………………………………..

  2. Himself on April 9, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Good info but not really addressing the average Joe if it all goes pearshaped there are many ways of being hurt a lot will be bystander casualties I have taught first (and more importantly) self aid to doctors who surprisingly needed the lessons the first action in any self aid is hide and get low then assess you may have recieved a glancing blow and not shot if you become confused and tired you need to self treat for shock singing and whistling will prevent hyperventilation if you relax into it your done check for wounds you may find a penetrating wound if there is obvious bleeding before you start flapping observe the blood flow seeping or pulsed blood the color of the blood bright red red or dull red around the upper body any bubbles is there an exit wound.
    Before you go straight for direct pressure can the bleeding be stopped by indirect pressure i.e.a first in the armpit and the arm forced down on it can control bleeding from the whole arm or something like a tennis ball if that is successful the wound can be inspected cleaned bits of clothing pulled out metal twigs removed before repairing and dressing a fist in the sode of the groin requires more pressure but can do the same for a leg if your partner is the casualty kneel on the leg hip joint then assess dress / repair treat if there is a wound and the bleeding can be controlled by indirect pressure can you or the casualty be moved or move to a safer place gunshot wounds won’t just happen then all is well in the situation you prepare for there will probably be follow up activities do you want to be there for that .
    A chest wound front to back if sucking can be felt with initially with saran wrap duct tape would not recommend that water tape shown on TV holding a boat together as it may well do a fine job and stick to wet skin but taking it off will start everything again but that might work it should never need to be said but it does never ever use a tourniquet for a head wound most wounds to the head will bleed profusely (a lot) the head is served by a lot of small blood vessels just direct pressure remember first Get low calm down get safe then look assess think treat.

    • Robert. Lawrence on August 3, 2020 at 2:18 am

      Excellent comment !

  3. M.J. Leger on March 21, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Good info, but the woman had a bad choice in using the tourniquet over a black sweater, same color as the tourniquet, which made it harder to see what she was doing (and get that hair out of your way)!

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