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When you've been shot, you can have a wide range of injuries. The injuries depend on the type of firearm used, the size (caliber) of bullet, where on your body you were shot, and how soon you were treated.
You may need a range of treatments as well, including surgery to remove the bullets or repair tissue. You may need to stay in the hospital while you recover. You may also get antibiotics or other medicines.
Whatever the extent of your wounds, there are things you can do to care for yourself at home. Your doctor may also want you to come back for a wound check. The doctor will check how your wound is healing and if you need more treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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