When a Bullet Enters the Body: Care of Patients with Gunshot Wounds

Author(s): Shannon Boles

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Hematology/Oncology, Trauma

Population: Pediatric, Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This session offers an epidemiologic review of the prevalence of gun violence around trauma centers, including resource utilization of operative interventions and blood products. Through discussion of ballistics and physics, this session identifies the pathophysiologic response of tissue when impacted by a projectile. New strategies for cessation of bleeding and tissue necrosis are discussed, with outcome data provided. Case studies illustrate the impact of bullets on soft tissue, bones and solid organs.


  • Compare prevalence of gun shot injuries in a given area versus the nation.
  • Identify pathophysiologic changes associated with penetrating trauma.
  • Discuss the evidence-based care of penetrating trauma patients.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

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