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Boyfriend has a knife wound on his leg above his knee. how does he treat it?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends on…: Type of wound (puncture or laceration), depth of wound (skin & fat only, muscle, tendon, bone), type of bleeding (venous oozing or arterial spurting), clean or dirty knife, status of tetanus boosters. Direct pressure to control bleeding; to er if heavy or spurting; er if wound gaping (needs sutures to heal well); to er to check for tendon injury, get tetanus booster, ± antibiotics to prevent infx.

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Last updated Jul 21, 2012

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