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2nd Jan '18 12:06:59 PM dmcreif
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** Done twice by Claire in ''Series/LukeCage2016''. First, she does it on Rafael Scarfe after he gets shot by Cottonmouth. Later, she tries to do it on Luke after he gets shot by Diamondback with a Judas bullet, but with little success.

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** Done twice by Claire in ''Series/LukeCage2016''. First, she does it on Rafael Scarfe after he gets shot by Cottonmouth. Later, she tries to do it on Luke after he gets shot by Diamondback with a Judas bullet, but with little success. She's forced to take Luke to the doctor who oversaw the original experiment that gave Luke his abilities to give Luke an acid bath.


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*** Billy Russo gets shot in the right arm by a DHS agent as he's fleeing Micro's base. In the start of the next episode, he's extracting the bullet himself prior to killing a bunch of DHS agents sent to apprehend him at his apartment.
22nd Dec '17 2:44:05 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/TheyMadeMeAFugitive'', Clem gets shot by a farmer and is left with a painfull collection of buckshot across his shoulder. When he finds Sally, she takes out the pieces even if she's constantly getting faint from the sight of blood.

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* In ''Film/TheyMadeMeAFugitive'', Clem gets shot by a farmer and is left with a painfull painful collection of buckshot across his shoulder. When he finds Sally, she takes out the pieces even if she's constantly getting faint from the sight of blood.
22nd Dec '17 2:43:22 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/TheyMadeMeAFugitive'', Clem gets shot by a farmer and is left with a painfull collection of buckshot across his shoulder. When he finds Sally, she takes out the pieces even if she's constantly getting faint from the sight of blood.
13th Dec '17 7:18:20 PM PaulA
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** Many cities bombarded during WW2 still have unexploded bombs lying around. A recent case was in September 2017, when a 250kg bomb in Vienna forced 400 people to evacuate the area while the bomb was removed.

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** Many cities bombarded during WW2 [=WW2=] still have unexploded bombs lying around. A recent case was in September 2017, when a 250kg bomb in Vienna forced 400 people to evacuate the area while the bomb was removed.
13th Dec '17 1:28:16 AM LaughingGiraffe
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* Subverted in Micmacs a Tire-Larigot. During a gunfight, a bullet ricochets off the pavement and hits the protagonist in the head but does not kill him. At the hospital, the doctors decide it would be too dangerous to take it out, but the ammunition in it is still live and could go off at any time if he gets too upset. (It's a JeanPierreJeunet movie. Don't think about it too hard.)
7th Dec '17 11:30:22 PM dmcreif
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** ''Series/ThePunisher2017'':
***After the torture and execution of Ahmed Zubair, Frank Castle removes the bullet he just put in Zubair's head, which greatly unsettles Gunner Henderson, the Marine who's helping him bury the body in an unmarked grave. This foreshadows that Gunner was the leaker who filmed the Zubair execution.
***When Frank tracks down Gunner upon realizing he's the one who filmed the tape, he gets a friendly arrow to the right shoulder from Gunner. The wound gradually becomes infected with bacteria, so when Frank and David get back to New York, David has to bring Curtis Hoyle in to get the arrowhead out, which is a very painful experience.
11th Nov '17 9:53:27 AM karstovich2
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Unfortunately, this is a [[WorstAid seriously bad idea]], as the very last thing you would want to do to help a shooting victim would be to pull the bullet out. Bullets are, once they stop moving, largely harmless, and trauma surgeons frequently leave them in place whilst repairing the damage inflicted by their ingress. Removing a bullet may harm the patient in several ways, but chiefly in that the bullet may be pressed against a damaged blood vessel, and removing it may cause severe bleeding.

Depending on the time period, however, this can be a JustifiedTrope - historically, a musket ball was made out of lead and would be toxic if left inside. It would also have been extracted as part of recovering any part of the wearer's clothing that it had tracked in with it - bits of cloth in wounds were a good source of infection, since most soldiers (and civilians, for that matter) had just one set of clothes which they wore constantly without washing them,[[note]] A) because you'd wash your under-pants and under-shirt, if you had any, instead of the external clothes and B) because most dyes would dissolve in water and/or soap, which was bad news if you wanted to look good/were relying on the colour of your clothes to help other soldiers identify which country you were fighting for[[/note]] and because musket balls travel far slower and have less penetrating power, bits of clothing could often be dragged into the wound. Plus, [[CaptainObvious people often instinctively want to get rid of foreign metal objects causing pain.]]

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Unfortunately, this is most often a [[WorstAid seriously bad idea]], as the very last thing you would want to do to help a shooting victim would be to pull the bullet out. Bullets are, once they stop moving, largely harmless, and trauma surgeons frequently leave them in place whilst repairing the damage inflicted by their ingress. Removing a bullet may harm the patient in several ways, but chiefly in that the bullet may be pressed against a damaged blood vessel, and removing it may cause severe bleeding.

Depending on the time period, however, this can be a JustifiedTrope - historically, a musket ball was made out of lead and would be toxic if left inside. It would also have been extracted as part of recovering any part of the wearer's clothing that it had tracked in with it - bits of cloth in wounds were a good source of infection, since most soldiers (and civilians, for that matter) had just one set of clothes which they wore constantly without washing them,[[note]] A) because you'd wash your under-pants and under-shirt, if you had any, instead of the external clothes and B) because most dyes would dissolve in water and/or soap, which was bad news if you wanted to look good/were relying on the colour of your clothes to help other soldiers identify which country you were fighting for[[/note]] and because musket balls travel far slower and have less penetrating power, bits of clothing could often be dragged into the wound. Plus, [[CaptainObvious people often instinctively want to get rid of foreign metal objects causing pain.]]
]] Similarly, today, bullets still usually contain lead, and studies released in the mid-2010s show that over the long term, bullets left in people's bodies do cause long-term lead poisoning. Consequently, the new medical advice is to remove bullets if doing so does not create much additional risk.
9th Nov '17 7:16:35 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' "To Another Shore": Devil Ray shoots a poison dart into Wonder Woman's shoulder which is removed to keep any more poison from seeping in. The dart has a barb, so she's advise to "find a bullet to bite".

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' "To Another Shore": Devil Ray shoots a poison dart into Wonder Woman's shoulder which is removed to keep any more poison from seeping in. The dart has a barb, so she's advise to "find a bullet to bite".
19th Oct '17 5:17:45 PM GoblinCipher
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* Averted notably in one World War 2 officer. Surgeons were looking at a bullet that somehow had lodged itself in the knee of an Allied Officer with no problems. The Doctor advised against pulling it out, as even the smallest probe he had would be too big to not damage something important.

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* Averted notably in one World War 2 officer. Surgeons were looking at a bullet that somehow had lodged itself in the knee of an Allied Officer officer with no problems. The Doctor doctor advised against pulling it out, as even the smallest probe he had would be too big to not damage something important.
18th Oct '17 4:02:37 PM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}'': When Linda is coaching Maze over the phone on how to fix a gunshot wound, her first piece of advice is to check if the bullet is still in there (which Maze does by ''[[WorstAid sticking her hand into the wound]]''), and then says she needs to get the bullet out. In Linda's defense, [[NotThatKindOfDoctor she's a psychiatrist, not a medical doctor]].
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