Courses and Continued Medical Education

Fundamentals of Medical Ballistics in Conflict Zones

Only available for Mexico City and the State of Mexico. 

Gunshot wounds from firearms are a serious public health problem in the world and due to their complexity and applicability, they represent a challenge for all health personnel, and especially for the first respondents, who are responsible for Stabilize the patient until he or she can be transferred to a health care center where the necessary resources for the care of the wounds are counted. In the United States, it is estimated that around 20.000 to 50.000 people die each year from wounds by PAF, it is considered the second leading cause of death in people aged 1-19 years; In addition, it is estimated that three disabling wounds are added for each death, resulting in high costs and reduced patient life. In Mexico, exact figures on this type of injury are unknown.

This course arises in the need for health personnel to have basic knowledge of the characteristics of the lesions produced by PAF, including ballistic effects and identification of high and low-velocity projectile wounds. To achieve this we will have the help of a professional shooting instructor, who provides support for the handling of weapons and demonstration of shots with different calibers.

One of the objectives of the course is that the participant has the opportunity to have contact with the weapon, to carry out the shot and to revise the consequences, always taking into account that the goal of the course is not on instruction of gun firing, but to make an Interactive experience in which the participant can interact with the object of study. It is important to emphasize that the execution of the shots is not compulsory.

In addition, we will address the primary retention of the wounds by firearm projectile, what to do and what not to do in case of being the first respondent and identify the steps to follow during an armed conflict in the field of war medicine and complex disaster management.

The course consists of a total of 7 hours divided into 2 sessions:

Theoretical session

  • Identification of the weapon and its parts

  • Identification of cartridges and their parts

  • Identification of different types of calibers

  • Theoretical foundations on primary wound care by PAF

  • Theoretical Fundamentals of ballistic effects

  • Characteristics of the lesions by PAF

    • Inlet and outlet holes


Practical session

  • Security measures

  • Practical identification of gun parts, cartridges and types of calibers

  • Effects ballistics demonstrations

    • Short and long weapons

    • High and low speed projectiles

  • Shot made by participants