Online Course
Introduction to Gunshot Injury Rehabilitation
Gain insight into the consequences of gunshot injuries and factors that impact their severity

1-1.5 hours





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Zafer Altunbezel
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Zafer is a physiotherapist who works with war and torture survivors in humanitarian settings

Course instructor

SRSHS is a USAID-funded project aiming to improve and increase access to rehabilitation services in Ukraine and Tajikistan

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Gunshot injuries are one of the most common injury patterns in conflict settings, with civilians becoming more vulnerable in 21st-century armed conflicts. Gunshot injuries are high-energy injuries which can cause significant tissue damage, paralysis or death. The extent of the injury depends on a number of factors. Rehabilitation professionals should have an understanding of the potential consequences of gunshot injuries and appropriate management strategies throughout each phase of rehabilitation to enhance patient outcomes. This course provides an overview of the impact of gunshot injuries and lists key knowledge areas for rehabilitation professionals. Before this course, you might find it helpful to complete Zafer Altunbezel's Evidence-Based Pain Assessment in Displaced Persons and Evidence-Based Management of Pain for Displaced Persons.


This course aims to provide an introduction to gunshot injuries, including epidemiology, injury classification, mechanism of injury and potential primary and secondary complications.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • differentiate between high-, medium- and low-velocity firearms in terms of their wounding potential and injury classification based on the type of firearm and the Gustilo-Anderson classification system
  • describe the general mechanism of injury in gunshot injuries, key factors that impact injury severity, common primary injuries and at least three secondary complications
  • list at least three skills and knowledge areas necessary for rehabilitation professionals working with individuals with gunshot injuries

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Zafer Altunbezel: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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