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Investigation of military patients with high-kinetic energy gunshot wounds
  1. Saadet Akbalik1,
  2. B Taslıdere2,
  3. O Erdogan1 and
  4. E Sonmez2
  1. 1 Disaster medicine, Bezmialem Vakif Universitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
  2. 2 Emergency, Bezmialem Vakif Universitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr B Taslıdere, Emergency, Bezmialem Vakif Universitesi, Istanbul 34093, Turkey; drbahadir{at}

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As a result of increased wars, terrorist incidents and military operations, both civilian and military personnel can be exposed to high-kinetic energy weapon injuries. Approximately 20% of trauma deaths are thought to be potentially preventable.1 For a trauma death to be preventable, the underlying injury burden must first be assessed. In this study, data obtained to predict adverse events and prognoses in patients with high-kinetic energy gunshot wounds and commonly used trauma scores were compared.

Military patients over the age of 18 years who were admitted to an emergency department between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016, due to high-kinetic energy gunshot wounds, were included. A total of 127 patients were evaluated retrospectively. Injury Severity Score (ISS), Revised Trauma Score …

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  • Contributors SA—data curation. BT—conceptualisation, methodology and writing (reviewing and editing). ES—original draft preparation and software. OE—supervision, visualisation, investigation and validation.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.