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How common is it for somebody to get chest stab wound and not recover?

How common is it for somebody to get chest stab wound and not recover?

Depends: Some stab wounds to the chest don't break the subcutaneous tissue or muscle and may just need stitches. Others can hit lung only, only requiring a chest tube until the hole seals. Arteries in the chest wall can bleed into the chest cavity, but are repairable. Hits to the heart and great vessels can be rapidly fatal. For all chest penetrating trauma, rapid eval and treatment is essential. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more


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How much time does it take to die from multiple stab wound to the chest & abdomen?

How much time does it take to die from multiple stab wound to the chest & abdomen?

Depends on severity: You can bleed slow or fast from stab wounds. Much depends on which vessels are injured. Surprisingly, big veins bleed worse than arteries-it is harder to see where the bleeding is coming from. Some people bleed a great deal, then the BP gets low and the bleeding stops. They can potentially survive for many hours, if they are young. ...Read more

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How can I disinfect a stab wound?

How can I disinfect a stab wound?

No need to: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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How can you disinfect a stab wound?

How can you disinfect a stab wound?

Stab wounds: Care of stab wounds depends on location, depth, contamination. If you are an outpatient with a low risk wound, okay to wash with mild soap and water, pat dry and cover with clean gauze. However, best to get checked, minor er or your regular doc to start. Be well. ...Read more

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How can I treat a pencil stab wound?

How can I treat a pencil stab wound?

When was your : Last tetanus shot? If it has been more than 10 years or you don't know - get another tetanus shot. Has any pencil lead broken off into your skin that needs to be removed? The area needs to be well cleaned. It can be covered with a clean bandage. For signs of infection - redness, swelling, ^'ed pain, purulent drainage, heat, red streaks or fever - seek medical care asap. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I address the stab wound on my thigh?

How can I address the stab wound on my thigh?

?Type of Stab?: It is very important to disclose the information of how you got stabbed and with what. If you were stabbed with a knife, the depth of the open wound is usually much deeper than you may thing. It can get ugly if the stab was very forceful and you end up with a large open wound. Other important factor, are you up-to-date on your tetanus immunization? ...Read more

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Can you tell me how a stab wound is treated and how the patient is treated after?

Can you tell me how a stab wound is treated and how the patient is treated after?

The answer: depends on a lot of variables such as location, depth, associated injuries and overall general health. Your question is too vague to answer with specifics, ...Read more

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Have a stab wound with staples. Every morning when waking it hurts other than that the pain isn't much. Why is that?

Have a stab wound with staples. Every morning when waking it hurts other than that the pain isn't much. Why is that?

U need 2 explain-: -Ur question better. Stabbed with a staple like with a staple gun, or stabbed with something else & was closed with staples. Also was whatever stabbed U clean or dirty & if so, what with. ...Read more

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How long can you be in the hospital for a stab wound?

How long can you be in the hospital for a stab wound?

Depth and impact: A stab wound is created when a sharp blade ruptures the skin and deeper tissues. The injury can damage adjacent tissues and organs which are interconnected and interrelated. Loss of blood, severity of damage to adjacent organs all affect healing process. Timing can be days, weeks, months until any real return to "normal" is identified. In short, the depth/severity of any stab wound is the answer. ...Read more