A shotgun wound can be classified based on the depth of pellet penetration and the estimated firing range.
Type of Wound
superficial, with penetration of skin only
penetrates into subcutaneous tissue and reaches deep fascia
0 – 5%
pellets penetrate beyond the deep fascia
15 – 20%
extensive tissue damage
85 – 90%
Range with Standard Barrel Shotgun
Range with "Sawed-off" Shotgun
> 12 meters
> 4 meters
5 – 12 meters
2 – 4 meters
< 5 meters
< 2 meters
• Wounds of Type 0 or I can be serious if located in the chest or face.
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