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How to treat a stab wound

How to treat a stab wound

Dispatcher files Working in the ERPC* environment means dealing with calls that consist of violence and trauma of all kinds. One morning we received a call from a member requesting an ambulance after reposting a message that someone had been stabbed in the back. We quickly dispatched Netcare 911 and tried to assist the member

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Working in the ERPC* environment means dealing with calls that consist of violence and trauma of all kinds. One morning we received a call from a member requesting an ambulance after reposting a message that someone had been stabbed in the back. We quickly dispatched Netcare 911 and tried to assist the member over the phone to control the bleeding and stabilise the victim. Netcare 911 shortly arrived on scene, treated the stab wound victim and transported him to hospital.

Here is some information that may help if you come across a stab wound victim:

A stab wound is from a sharp object that penetrates layers of the skin (tearing the layers of tissue). Typical objects used are knives, screwdrivers or any other similar objects that can penetrate the skin. There are different kinds of lacerations (cuts):

  1. Puncture – which could be a large or small hole in the skin. 
  2. Avulsion – which could either be a partial or complete tearing of the skin.

Notes to remember when trying to assist a stab wound patient: always wear gloves and then apply direct or indirect pressure to the bleeding to help stop the bleeding. If the wound is not serious enough for hospital treatment take care of the wound by cleaning it with an antiseptic solution. Also take note if you have refused transportation or transportation was not needed, watch the healing of the wound.

If there is thick, green, yellow or brownish pus with redness to the skin, and fever, this is a sign of infection and further help by a GP will be needed. Ice packs will help when it comes to alleviating bruising and swelling.

Remember, when assisting another while waiting for paramedics to arrive, safety to yourself first.

Stephanie (SA38)
TrackBox ERPC National & International
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