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How can you treat a knife wound?

How can you treat a knife wound?

More info needed: A knife wound could be as simple as grazing your finger, in this case local pressure till bleeding stops, ensuring your up to date on tetnus, ensuring that it was clean environment, assessing amount of damage done, and if any concern warrants, and/or problems stopping bleeding, dirty wound, numbness etc, seek immediate medical attention. Any stabbing hold pressure, call 911, get to er. ...Read more

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What are the tests for knife wound?

What are the tests for knife wound?

More information: There are a large number of tests that might be done, mostly to detect any injuries to underlying organs or blood vessels. Depends on the location and depth of the knife wound. This could be anything from exploring the wound with a probe to see its depth, to an arteriogram (blood flow test for the arteries) to a CT scan. Some knife wounds need immediate surgery. ...Read more

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How long should it take a major knife wound to heal?

How long should it take a major knife wound to heal?

Depends on…: Size & depth of wound, amount of internal damage, location of wound, whether blood supply to area was compromised, individual healing patterns, presence of comorbid conditions like diabetes, infection, smoker. Surgeon that treated wound should be best source for healing time estimate. ...Read more

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How often should you change a bandage from a knife wound?

How often should you change a bandage from a knife wound?

Depends on Location: Basically, the depth of the wound and location determine the surgeon's timing of dressing changes. Some wounds require more frequent changes based on amount of drainage. For the most part, the rule of thumb is to change it every other day and keep it clean. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for knife wound?

What is the treatment for knife wound?

Depends: This depends on where the wound is located and how deep it goes. A superficial wound on the arm or leg may just require stitches. A deep wound over the abdomen, neck or chest may require emergency surgery. One could write half a textbook on knife wound treatment. See a doctor if there is a question. ...Read more

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How can doctors repair a knife wound?

How can doctors repair a knife wound?

Examine and stitch: First, a good exam is needed to be sure what was injured: skin only? Muscle? Tendon? nerve? bone? Internal organs? Repair of each of these requires different levels of care. Skin-only wounds might just need numbing, thorough cleansing, stitches and/or skin glue; and a tetanus shot, if it has been over 10 years since the patient had one. Injury to deeper structures will need the operating room! ...Read more

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Emergency medicine on a knife wound, what to do?

Emergency medicine on a knife wound, what to do?

Med evaluation: Wound may need to be probed, debrieded, sutured. Antibiotics or tetanus may be needed. ...Read more

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For how long does a serrated knife wound take to heal?

For how long does a serrated knife wound take to heal?

A serrated: Knife wound to the heart is a different matter that the same wound to the fingertip so your question is a little vague. ...Read more

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Will my knife wound heal without treatment?

Will my knife wound heal without treatment?

Seek treatment: The human body when injured promptly sets upon the task of attempting to heal itself. If the injury itself does not compromise the functioning of a vital organ then when given enough time any injury involving the "soft tissues" of the body can heal. The caveat however is that if not treated appropriately underlying injuries can be missed, infectious and cosmetic complication can also arise. ...Read more

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Should I go to the emergency roo for a deep knife wound on my finger?

Should I go to the emergency roo for a deep knife wound on my finger?

Deep Wound-: YES! You need wound care. Any DEEP wound to the finger is likely to have damaged an underlying structure (the finger isn't that big). You could need sutures or surgical repair. You may need tetanus shot, antibiotics or even pain medication. ...Read more

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How fast would a knife wound to the spleen kill you?

How fast would a knife wound to the spleen kill you?

Depends: If spleen is severely injured, very quickly. If the spleen has barely been touched by the knife, not at all. ...Read more

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Will painkillers show up on my army drug test if I had to take them for a knife wound I recently had?

Will painkillers show up on my army drug test if I had to take them for a knife wound I recently had?

About that....: If you do have a urine drug screen, you need to tell them all of the medications that you are on. They will sometimes look for a standard form 600 entry that documents the medication having been prescribed. So be prepared to notify them about your knife wound. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have pain where a couple scars are, one is on my abdomen about 7 in. Long and 1 in. Wide the other scar is from a knife wound on my back?

I have pain where a couple scars are, one is on my abdomen about 7 in. Long and 1 in. Wide the other scar is from a knife wound on my back?

Wide scar issues: The scars that you are describing appear to be quite wide. You may have underlying muscle or fascial weakness and could have a hernia. The other reason for pain can be trapped cut nerve endings. See your primary care first to establish the cause and you will then get referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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Can a knife wound cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Can a knife wound cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes: A knife wound to the abdomen is likely to cause a puncture to the intestines. When this happens the contents of the bowel can leak into the abdominal cavity. This requires immediate surgery to close the hole and wash out the contaminated abdomen. If there are many penetrating wounds or a delay in closure this can result in formation of a fistula-abnormal connection to the skin or other organ. ...Read more

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How could a knife wound in a fight cause amputation of an arm by surgeons?

How could a knife wound in a fight cause amputation of an arm by surgeons?

Loss of Circulation: A knife wound can sever important blood vessels and muscle tissues. Infection of the site may further damage the area, leading to gangrene or life threatening infection. Sometimes amputation is the only viable option and may be life saving. ...Read more

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After suffering a pneumothorax due to knife wound, why don't both lungs collapse?

After suffering a pneumothorax due to knife wound, why don't both lungs collapse?

THEY ARE: Separated into 2 sides, left and right lung so a puncture wound on one side of the chest will puncture that side's lung only. ...Read more