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Emergency medicine

Violence, shooting – is it real or just TV?

Gordian Fulde, Sascha Fulde

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Abstract

Applying basic life support to victims of gunshots before the trauma team in the emergency department takes over can be lifesaving. Fortunately, however, violence involving guns is not common in Australia.

Article Extract

Violence between humans is despised by people generally, and especially by doctors. Individuals with bruising, lacerations and assault injuries are seen daily in emergency departments throughout Australia, and several stabbings are also likely to be seen each week. We are fortunate, however, that shootings are relatively uncommon, although many programs on television suggest otherwise.

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