n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Gunshot wounds : medico-legal perspectives : main article

Volume 24, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Communicate with emergency medical staff about the alleged circumstances of the shooting and whether items of clothing have been removed, etc. <BR>Ensure that nursing assistants do not unduly clean or wipe the wound(s) before the attending doctor has inspected the injuries. <BR>Ensure that any projectile is carefully handled and safely kept by a designated individual, for personal handing over to the SAPS. <BR>Number wounds carefully and make appropriate annotated anatomical sketches. <BR>Describe individual wound features fully, and do not make unwarranted conclusions as to the primary nature of the wound <BR>Examine body orifices, hair-covered regions and the posterior aspect of the body carefully for additional gunshot wounds. <BR>Consider the involvement of the SAPS for purposes of photography, gunshot residue tests, etc. <BR>Take X-rays of the injured body part(s) - even (especially!) if there is an exit wound. <BR>Consider other relevant medico-legal perspectives, such as alcohol or drug intoxication.

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