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A 41-year-old member asked:

Will paramedics stitch up a stab wound on the spot or wait till the hospital?

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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 38 years experience
Paramedics: Are not authorized (though some certainly are capable) of suturing wounds. That is the territory of physicians and their authorized and appropriately trained mid-level providers.
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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Dressing only: Some advance practice paramedics (like Tactical EMS providers) or military medics in a military setting can close wounds primarily with suture/glue/staples. Otherwise, they stop the external bleeding, cover wound and apply dressing until in ER.
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Last updated Nov 24, 2014

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