The purpose of this retrospective review was to determine the long-term consequences of retained bullet foreign bodies in children after gunshot injury. All children managed for gunshot wounds at an urban, level I pediatric trauma center were evaluated, identifying those discharged with retained bullet foreign bodies. Overall, 244 children were treated for gunshot wounds, 107 (44%) had retained foreign bodies, 24 (22%) experienced long-term complications related to retained foreign bodies, and 14 (13%) required removal. Complications occur in a significant subset of pediatric patients with retained bullets. Prophylactic bullet removal appears unnecessary, although close outpatient follow-up is warranted.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing