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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034416/time-since-death-in-a-case-of-simultaneous-demise-due-to-a-single-gunshot-an-issue-concerning-the-use-of-henssge-s-nomogram
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Simone Cappelletti, Edoardo Bottoni, Paola Antonella Fiore, Marco Straccamore, Claus Henssge, Costantino Ciallella
We report a case of a double homicide in which the victims, a man and his daughter, were simultaneously killed by a single gunshot. The temperature-based nomogram method for estimation of the time since death was used to ascertain the reliability of the method in a case of simultaneous demise, where the exact time of death was obtained from the analysis of security cameras.In the case presented, the victims differed for a great number of parameters (e.g., atmospheric conditions, thermal insulation of lower trunk, and, above all, body weight), except for the time of death, that was simultaneous...
October 15, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031158/a-potential-contribution-to-human-identification-using-peri-mortem-trauma-an-example-from-peru
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Jose P Baraybar
This is an exploratory study into the need for additional lines of forensic evidence in humanitarian cases using applied research. One hundred and twenty four, still unidentified terrorism inmates, were killed after surrendering to the Peruvian Army once it took control of the San Pedro-Lurigancho prison in Lima, Peru in 1986. Two questions are put forward: first, to what extent mechanism of injury (gunshot, blunt, sharp force) and bodily distribution of those injuries allow us to classify individuals into discrete sub-groups of people? The second question is to what respect can such a classification become an additional line of evidence assisting in generating hypotheses of identity regarding those individuals? The analysis of the 109 recovered bodies and their associated evidence show a sub group of four individuals differentiated from the rest based on the combination of injuries (gunshot and blunt force trauma), opposing trajectories and weapons...
September 21, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025455/the-burden-of-gunshot-injuries-on-orthopaedic-healthcare-resources-in-south-africa
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Case Martin, Gerhard Thiart, Graham McCollum, Stephen Roche, Sithombo Maqungo
BACKGROUND: Injuries inflicted by gunshot wounds (GSWs) are an immense burden on the South African (SA) healthcare system. In 2005, Allard and Burch estimated SA state hospitals treated approximately 127 000 firearm victims annually and concluded that the cost of treating an abdominal GSW was approximately USD1 467 per patient. While the annual number of GSW injuries has decreased over the past decade, an estimated 54 870 firearm-related injuries occurred in SA in 2012. No study has estimated the burden of these GSWs from an orthopaedic perspective...
June 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022789/the-impact-of-mechanism-on-the-management-and-outcome-of-penetrating-colonic-trauma
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G V Oosthuizen, V Y Kong, T Estherhuizen, J L Bruce, G L Laing, J J Odendaal, D L Clarke
Introduction In light of continuing controversy surrounding the management of penetrating colonic injuries, we set out to compare the outcome of penetrating colonic trauma according to whether the mechanism of injury was a stab wound or a gunshot wound. Methods Our trauma registry was interrogated for the 5-year period from January 2012 to December 2016. All patients over the age of 18 years with penetrating trauma (stab or gunshot) and with intraoperatively proven colonic injury were reviewed. Details of the colonic and concurrent abdominal injuries were recorded, together with the operative management strategy...
September 15, 2017: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022788/developing-a-simplified-clinical-prediction-score-for-mortality-in-patients-with-cerebral-gunshot-wounds-the-maritzburg-score
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V Y Kong, J Odendaal, B Sartorius, D L Clarke, J L Bruce, G L Laing, T Esterhuizen
Introduction Cerebral gunshot wounds are highly lethal and literature on the clinical scores for mortality prediction is limited. Materials and methods A retrospective study was undertaken over a 5-year period at the Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Trauma Service in South Africa. A simplified clinical prediction score was developed based on clinical and/or physiological variables readily available in the resuscitation room. Results A total of 102 patients were included; 92% (94/102) were male and the mean age was 29 years; 22% (22/102) died during the admission...
September 15, 2017: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017638/the-difference-between-living-and-dying-victim-characteristics-and-motive-among-nonfatal-shootings-and-gun-homicides
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Natalie Kroovand Hipple, Lauren A Magee
Using both official and unofficial data sources, researchers examined nonfatal (n = 617) and fatal shooting (n = 159) victim characteristics over an 18-month period in Indianapolis. This research revealed that the typical shooting victim was male, non-White, almost 29 years old, had been arrested prior to inclusion in this study, and had been shot more than once. Interestingly, this research supports the notion that nonfatal shooting and homicide victims are different, especially as they relate to victim age, gunshot wound severity, and shooting motive...
October 10, 2017: Violence and Victims
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988190/the-outcome-of-patients-in-traumatic-cardiac-arrest-presenting-to-deployed-military-medical-treatment-facilities-data-from-the-uk-joint-theatre-trauma-registry
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Ed B G Barnard, P A F Hunt, P E H Lewis, J E Smith
BACKGROUND: The UK military was continuously engaged in armed conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2014, resulting in 629 UK fatalities. Traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA) is a precursor to traumatic death, but data on military outcomes are limited. In order to better inform military treatment protocols, the aim of this study was to define the epidemiology of TCA in the military population with a particular focus on survival rates and injury patterns. METHODS: A retrospective database analysis of the UK Joint Theatre Trauma Registry was undertaken...
October 6, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986000/the-effect-of-light-emitting-diode-590-830%C3%A2-nm-based-low-level-laser-therapy-on-posttraumatic-edema-of-facial-bone-fracture-patients
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Woo Yeol Baek, Il Hwan Byun, In Sik Yun, Jae Yoon Kim, Tai Suk Roh, Dae Hyun Lew, Young Seok Kim
PURPOSE: Posttraumatic edema in facial bone fracture patients may interfere with the operation field and delay the schedule. Thus, swiftly reducing the edema alleviates patient discomfort and advances the operation date. Ice packing and compression bandages are often used for such a purpose, but such methods are often inconvenient for the face. In this study, we aim to analyze the effect of light-emitting diode (LED) (590/830 nm)-based low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in posttraumatic edema in facial bone fracture patients...
September 2, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985608/the-role-of-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-ngal-in-the-detection-of-blast-lung-injury-in-a-military-population
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Andrew Lumley, Erik Osborn, Adrian Mellor, Elise LaCroix, George Johnson, Mary Wallace, Mike Stacey, Jason E Smith, David Woods
PURPOSE: To study the relationship between serum neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) and military blast and gunshot wound (GSW) to establish whether potential exists for NGAL as a biomarker for blast lung injury (BLI). METHOD: Patients from the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Role 3 Medical Treatment Facility at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan were studied over a five month period commencing in 2012. Age, mechanism, trauma injury severity score (TRISS) and serum NGAL were recorded on ICU admission (NGAL1)...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985595/investigation-of-the-use-of-luminescent-markers-as-gunshot-residue-indicators
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Marcella A M Lucena, Carlos Ordoñez, Ingrid T Weber, Mercedes Torre, Carmen García-Ruiz, María López-López
The addition of luminescent markers into ammunition cartridges is an appealing proposal to achieve a greater individual identification of the ammunition. The lanthanide elements present in these luminescent materials act as characteristic chemical markers that, also, offer the great benefit of making gunshot residues (GSR) collection easier. Although the use of luminescent markers offers numerous advantages, and can be a reliable future option in the cartridge ammunition market, little or nothing is known about the interaction of the marker with the ammunition compounds after the shot...
September 28, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982481/the-role-of-computed-tomography-scans-in-diaphyseal-femur-fractures-following-gunshot-injuries-a-survey-of-orthopaedic-traumatologists
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John S Hwang, Peter D Gibson, Kenneth L Koury, Nicholas Stekas, Michael S Sirkin, Mark C Reilly, Mark R Adams
The objective of this study was to analyze if the addition of CT changed the management of femoral shaft fractures caused by gunshot wounds when compared to those managed with plain radiography alone. METHODS: A multiple-choice, single-answer electronic survey was created to compare utility of advanced imaging when treating femur fractures resulting from gunshot injury. A total of ten femoral shaft fracture cause by gunshot injuries were selected for an online survey to be administered to orthopeaedic traumatologists...
September 28, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980546/-the-possibility-of-using-the-synthetic-compound-for-the-purpose-of-modeling-of-the-human-soft-tissues-in-connection-with-the-evaluation-of-gunshot-damages
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I V Latyshov, V A Vasil'ev, I V Zaporotskova, T A Ermakova
The necessity of using a simulator of human soft tissues for the purpose of criminalistic and forensic medical expertises is dictated by the requirements put forward by the expert practice. The objective of the present study was to develop a synthetic simulator of the human soft tissues (compound) to ensure reliability of comparative criminalistics and forensic medical studies for the evaluation of gunshot injuries. The synthetic compound was prepared by mixing up the petroleum and/or synthetic oil with a polymeric thickening agent...
2017: Sudebno-meditsinskaia Ekspertiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975247/association-of-prehospital-mode-of-transport-with-mortality-in-penetrating-trauma-a-trauma-system-level-assessment-of-private-vehicle-transportation-vs-ground-emergency-medical-services
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Michael W Wandling, Avery B Nathens, Michael B Shapiro, Elliott R Haut
Importance: Time to definitive care following injury is important to the outcomes of trauma patients. Prehospital trauma care is provided based on policies developed by individual trauma systems and is an important component of the care of injured patients. Given a paucity of systems-level trauma research, considerable variability exists in prehospital care policies across trauma systems, potentially affecting patient outcomes. Objective: To evaluate whether private vehicle prehospital transport confers a survival advantage vs ground emergency medical services (EMS) transport following penetrating injuries in urban trauma systems...
September 20, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972360/-smoothbore-hunting-ammunition-a-historical-overview
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Piotr J Bochyński, Anna Karpiewska, Maciej Kuliczkowski, Tadeusz Dobosz
This article deals with traditional hunting amunitions in paper cases, intended for smooth-bore shotgun. The paper describes the development of gunshot cartridges in historical terms, with particular emphasis on the origins and development of systems, initiating the combustion of subsequent generations of propelling cargo. The work gives an author's look into the uprising process of an integrating gunshot cartridge. The article contains a number of information about historical cartridges, currently not to be found, their dimensions, markings and ignition systems...
2017: Archiwum Medycyny Sa̧dowej i Kryminologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971349/criminal-use-of-assault-weapons-and-high-capacity-semiautomatic-firearms-an-updated-examination-of-local-and-national-sources
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Christopher S Koper, William D Johnson, Jordan L Nichols, Ambrozine Ayers, Natalie Mullins
Policies restricting semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines are intended to reduce gunshot victimizations by limiting the stock of semiautomatic firearms with large ammunition capacities and other military-style features conducive to criminal use. The federal government banned such weaponry from 1994 to 2004, and a few states currently impose similar restrictions. Recent debates concerning these weapons have highlighted their use in mass shootings, but there has been little examination of their use in gun crime more generally since the expiration of the federal ban...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956148/rna-dna-co-analysis-from-bloodstains-on-aged-polyvinyl-alcohol-gloves-prepared-for-securing-evidence-from-the-hands-of-victims-of-fatal-gunshot-injuries
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Melanie Grabmüller, Cornelius Courts, Burkhard Madea, Tim Eichhorst, Christian Schyma
In contrast to cumulative techniques (e.g., tape-lift) for qualitative gunshot residues (GSR) analysis, topographic methods are commonly applied to preserve the integrity of evidence from a shooter's or victim's hand in cases of gun-related crimes. Topographic sampling techniques employing adhesive foils, latex, or the polyvinyl alcohol (PVAL) method enable unambiguous sampling of biological and non-biological trace material while preserving its spatial distribution and relation to each other. The PVAL method in particular allows for a topographically veridic and quantitative conservation of traces of GSR and biological stains that are embedded in the PVAL glove, because it completely removes these traces from the hand...
September 27, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953139/rapid-prototyping-as-an-auxiliary-in-mandibular-reconstructions
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Pedro Henrique da Hora Sales, Edson Luiz Cetira Filho, Jair Queiroz de Oliveira Neto, Julianne Coelho da Silva, Andrea Silvia Walter de Aguiar, Manoel de Jesus Rodrigues Mello
The reconstruction of mandible is a challenge with regard to aesthetic and reconstructive demands. The etiology of mandibular fractures is variable, trauma, pathology, bone infections. There are many materials that provide an excellent form of rehabilitation for these defects, where the autogenous graft presents important characteristics that favor a greater success rate. Furthermore, the rapid prototyping method is quite interesting, because it brings a series of advantages to the surgeon, like reducing the operative time, among others...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950788/computed-tomography-angiography-is-the-definitive-vascular-imaging-modality-for-penetrating-neck-injury-a-south-african-experience
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A S Madsen, V Y Kong, G V Oosthuizen, J L Bruce, G L Laing, D L Clarke
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Computed tomography angiography has become central to the diagnostic algorithm for penetrating neck injury, but despite its widespread use the literature to support this adoption is limited. We reviewed our experience with computed tomography angiography for the identification of vascular trauma in hemodynamically stable patients with penetrating neck injury at a major trauma center in South Africa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospectively kept trauma registry capturing data in real time was retrospectively reviewed...
September 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Surgery: SJS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948121/novel-use-of-an-image-guided-stereotactic-approach-in-trauma-for-localization-of-transcranial-bullet
#19
Dat T Vo, George F Cravens, Robert E Germann
Penetrating brain injuries from gunshot wounds can carry a poor prognosis and require an aggressive, multifaceted approach to obtain a good prognosis and outcome. An initial evaluation requires appropriate imaging studies followed by management and prophylaxis against increased intracranial pressure, infection, and seizures. Surgical management is then followed to ensure the watertight closure of any wounds, removal of any areas of hematoma, and removal of any potential areas of infection. In this paper, we report the case of a patient who presented with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and then received aggressive medical and surgical management...
July 21, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947347/youth-s-daily-activities-and-situational-triggers-of-gunshot-assault-in-urban-environments
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Beidi Dong, Charles C Branas, Therese S Richmond, Christopher N Morrison, Douglas J Wiebe
PURPOSE: Although previous research has made progress in identifying individuals predicted to face an elevated risk of being shot, it is not clear how that risk varies within individuals based on the contexts they encounter as they navigate daily life. The current study examines how the convergence of individual risk activity and neighborhood disadvantage and disorder triggers the risk of being shot. METHODS: Using a novel geographic information system application, 123 male gunshot assault victims between 10 and 24 years old in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, described their minute-by-minute movements over the course of the day of the gunshot assault...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
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