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    HE WAS HIT BY 200 of the 400 Pellets?? That sure does sound like something very different than peppering. The article says:

    The Austin lawyer who was shot by Vice President Dick Cheney while hunting quail was peppered with as many as 200 birdshot pellets, but the wounds were mostly superficial because of the distance from which they were fired.

    Can being hit by half of the pellets in a 400 pellet round be considered superficial? Anyone know?

    Dr. David Blanchard said doctors removed some of the pellets but will leave many alone.

    "If they are not life threatening, you leave them be," said Blanchard, who did not treat Whittington but who briefed reporters at the hospital.

    Blanchard would not say whether Whittington had surgery.

    Whittington has been moved out of the intensive care unit into a "trauma step-down unit," a wing where trauma patients recuperate, Blanchard said.

    He wouldn't say when Whittington will be released but said it's common with patients for similar injuries to spend at least a few days at the hospital.

    Common to spend at least a few days? Is that true? What is a trauma step down unit?

    •  It's a place where people can be monitored (4.00)
      What is a trauma step down unit?

      The nurses may have 4 patients apiece, instead of one patient, like in an ICU.

      There are no ventilators or other complicated equipment that needs constant attention, like IVs containing very potent medication.

      There are things like oxygen and heart monitors.

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