How to survive a knife wound or save a stab victim

How to survive a knife wound or save a stab victim 

The most severe knife wounds are those in which not only the skin is damaged, but also some important organs, such wounds frequently bleed heavily, since large blood arteries are damaged in them.

The victim of such stab wounds should be sent to the hospital as quickly as possible after treating the wound to prevent dirt from entering it.

How to survive a shallow stab wound

Shallow wounds with a narrow area of damage are less harmful, and bleeding is minimal with such injuries. 

Furthermore, blood flows easily from such wounds and does not collect in the depths, generating strong seals that obstruct the function of other organs.

Shallow wounds normally heal without the need for medical intervention, but only if they are properly handled and wrapped, and no germs or other particles that can cause inflammation enter into the wound. A doctor should nevertheless inspect such a knife wound just in case.

  1. Stopping the bleeding and disinfecting the wound are the initial steps in treating stab wounds. A gauze pad can be used to halt bleeding, but it must be changed as it fills up with blood. 
  2. This swab has to be completely sterile. It must be soaked with water or an antibacterial treatment and placed tightly against the body, pressing a little on each side.
  3. The wound must next be properly cleaned, and any blood clots that have formed on its surface must be removed. 
  4. After that, apply hydrogen peroxide or iodine solution to the wound and cover it with a clean tampon and a bandage that will hold the tampon in place and squeeze the wound. It is quite easy for a wound to become infected if it is not properly managed.
  5. You can also take some sedative medicine to help your body get back to normal.
  6. Alternatively, administer an anesthetic injection or take appropriate medications to relieve pain that can cause shock and reopen the bleeding. 

A minor stab wound should be cleansed and wrapped as soon as possible.

A person hiding a knife behind them

Bandages should be used, tightening slightly but not until the skin goes blue, as this will block blood from reaching the wound, which should never be done, as the wound will not only not heal but will also create additional diseases and difficulties.

If the wound is really deep and the bleeding cannot be stopped, the victim must be taken to the hospital as quickly as possible.

Knife wounds can cause more than just open bleeding or damage to the upper skin; they can also cause damage to important organs.

After administering first aid to the wounded, transport him to the hospital and have an experienced doctor check the wound, regardless of how serious the stab wound is.

How to survive a stab to the hip

Wounding the hip is deadly no matter where it occurs: above or below, inside or outside, deeper or surface. A worse still hip injuries are very common. 

The femoral artery has branches that run the length of it. You don’t have to fight and breathe for very long if you hit an artery or one of its branches. 

If the wounded leg is “under load,” meaning that the weight of the body is transferred to it, it strikes, and it participates in body motions, this short survival period is decreased even more.

What to do? 

  1. Bring the uninjured leg back to the foreground and shift the body’s weight there. 
  2. The weight should be lifted off the injured leg, and rested on the toe.
  3. If necessary, a turn around its axis is done while leaning on a strong leg.

How to survive a stab to the leg 

A person wielding a knife

In the case of leg injuries, the risk of losing consciousness or dying from blood loss is much less.

You can apply the same survival methods listed above

How to save a stab to the abdominal organs

If you can move after being poked with a knife or sharp object in the stomach, then everything is fine. This means the aorta in the abdomen was unaffected. 

You’ll be on the move for several days, if not longer. If not taken care of, you will then develop a fever and die as a result of peritoneal infection (peretonitis).

What to do? 

Your steps are to

  • quietly cease the battle,
  • take five azithromycin tablets, and
  • seek medical attention.

You have a three-out-of-four chance of surviving. Injury to the kidneys or spleen is not among these three possibilities. 

How to survive a stab wound that opens the abdominal wall

Everything will be fine for six to twelve hours. 

The previous paragraph explains what will happen next and what you should do. The only difference is that you have a 50/50 probability of dying or surviving.

  1. Do not re-insert the loops of your intestines into the stomach if they have fallen out through the wound but do not meddle in any way.
  2. All you have to do now is cover them with a shirt and take them to the hospital, gently cradling them in your arms. 
  3. Doctors will reduce the length of your intestines by a few meters (there are about seven to ten of them in total). It will not be felt in any way after healing.

Last words

Stopping the bleeding is an important part of any medical assistance to the victim. 

If disinfectant solutions are needed not only to stop the bleeding but also to treat the wound’s margins, hydrogen peroxide is a good choice; alcohol should never be used because it can cause burns to vulnerable tissues.

When the victim arrives at a medical institution, he will be given not just first aid for a knife wound, but also competent assistance from expert doctors.

These professionals will be able to stop the bleeding, perform an operation to remove the wounded object, and administer antibiotic therapy. 

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