A gun firing a blank cartridge can cause fatal injury if it is fired at certain locations..
Mechanism of injury:
(1) blast/gas wave
(2) discharged blank material
Risk for fatal injury:
(1) contact discharge
(2) discharge adjacent to a vital structure
(3) full load
laceration of carotid artery or juegular vein with massive bleeding
massive brain injury
ventricular rupture with hemopericardium
pneumo- or hemothorax
vascular or visceral rupture
laceration of iliac arteries or veins
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