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  1. Griffin, Laura J. DNP, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC
  2. Hickey, Joanne V. PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, FCCM


Traumatic brain injury affects more than 1 million civilians annually. Functional outcomes in this population are less than favorable. This case report describes a patient with a penetrating injury to the head and brain from a gunshot wound including the pathophysiology of injury and outlines evidence-based management guidelines to provide comprehensive care.