I was watching an episode of band of brothers and saw a man get shot in the neck. This remined me of a scen in saving private ryan and another in Pearl harbour. I cannot remember treating a man for a gun shot or blast injury to the neck in twenty years of being a medic so I did some checking.
I kept a record of all the casualties I have treated and found that in 20 years I have treated 273 recorded battle/war related injuries. 75% were minor and non life threatening of the others the vast majority were to the lower limbs, only three GSW to the torso, one decapitation, a knife wound to the scrotum and most of the others burns or blast injuries.
My experience is the opposite to the scenes shown in most war films.
Hope this was of interest
Regards James K
Posted on Nov 22, 2001, 2:45 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168