Firearm Injury (Unintentional/Accidental)

You came to the emergency department (ED) with a firearm-related injury. We evaluated you and stabilized you. We feel that you can go home.

To Do:

  • Wash the wounds gently with soap and water - they will close on their own.
  • You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) for pain as directed on the dosing instructions.
  • If you keep a firearm at home, keep it safe (unloaded and secured with a trigger lock). Store ammunition in a separate, locked location.
  • Anyone who handles a firearm should have training on safe practices. Avoid putting a finger on the trigger until ready to fire and always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • For more information about firearm safety and to find places to get free locks, visit:
  • In many states, it is mandatory to report firearm injuries to law enforcement. If this is the case, police may contact you to learn more about what led to the injury.
  • Follow up with your primary doctor within one week to recheck your injuries.

Please speak to your doctor or return to the ED immediately if you develop any new weakness, pus draining bleeding despite holding pressure, or other new or concerning symptoms, or if you get worse.

Review prescription inserts for side effects and call the ED if you have any questions about your medications or care.

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