Originally posted by citizen smith
Could there be anything that could be inprovised to seal a stab wound to prevent shock-inducing blood-loss?
I've heard of clingfilm/plastic bags being used to seal up chest/lung wounds to prevent the lungs from collapsing...would duct-tape or superglue or any kind of say hardware store sealant work in such a case of a serious stab injury?
Originally posted by BASSPLYR
also, in general any stab that is 2" or deeper will be fatal from blood loss.
They say that a knife wound can be much worse than a low caliber bullet due to more internal organs going into shock from the bigger wound channel.
Originally posted by Valombre
Using clingfilm is most likely use when you have a breathing wound. (Let me explain) A Breathing wound is when the lung has been punched at time of stabbing and air goes through the wound. It's looks like that the wound is breathing or doing bubbles when bleeding.) You use Clingfilm as a valve. Air from inside is going out but no air is coming in. This is to avoid Pneumothorax. But if the wound is not breathing, direct pressure and a 4 way bandage (Bandage is sealed on the 4 corners) is the best to protect the wound.
Hope that's help
Originally posted by Zhenyghi
Could there be any instance in which it might be better to remove the instrument with which you are stabbed??
I'm thinking if you might be stabbed and need to run or walk somewhere for help, but you are stabbed in such a way that the movement of your body causes the blade to cause even more damage (ripping/tearing you from the inside).
Originally posted by wcssar
if sucking chest wounds ( any chest wound would suck ) are a concern to you google asherman chest seal it's the standard in ems for treatment of this injury.
Originally posted by Valombre
Actually if done well a 3-sided flutter valve is normally working well and do the same job than the Asherman.
The most serious chest wound that requires immediate first aid is a sucking chest wound (Open Pneumothorax). This is a penetrating injury that makes a hole in the chest cavity, causing the lung to collapse, which prevents normal breathing. This condition is a medical emergency that will result in death if not treated quickly. Signs and symptoms of a sucking chest wound include:
1. Difficulty breathing and sharp chest pain.
2. Bluish skin color and anxiety.
If the casualty has a sucking chest wound, do the following:
1. Immediately seal the wound with your hand or any airtight (I.D. Card) material available. The material must be large enough so that it will not be sucked into the wound when the casualty breaths.
2. Firmly tape the material in place with adhesive tape leaving one corner untaped to prevent a pressure buildup. The purpose of the dressing is to keep air from going in through the wound. If the casualty's condition deteriorates, remove the seal immediately.
3. Lay the casualty on his or her affected side.
4. Treat for shock - Place the casualty in a semi-sitting position, to help them breath easier.
5. Do not give the casualty anything to eat or drink. If the casualty complains of thirst, wet his or her lips with a wet towel.
6. Request medical assistance immediately.