Knife wounds require immediate first aid, the main purpose of which is to stop the loss of blood. If the knife (or other weapon) remains in the wound, do not remove it, as it can restrain bleeding.
Knife wound, what to do if the knife remains in the wound, first aid.
If possible, a bandage should be applied over the wound or at least covered with a cloth to prevent infection and so that the victim’s blood does not get on others. However, if the bleeding is severe, squeeze the wound without wasting time..
If there is no knife in the wound, first aid.
If the wound bleeds, immediately push it through a sterile (or at least clean), thickly folded gauze or tissue. It is better if the victim does it himself, since it is easier for him to determine the optimal pressure. If possible, the damaged part of the body should be raised above the level of the heart. This will reduce bleeding. Raise a hand or leg after pressure is applied to the wound.
Help the victim take a comfortable and relaxed, preferably lying position. If the bleeding wound is located on the body or head, place a pillow under the head. If the victim feels weak and dizzy, raise his legs. Keep pressing on the wound..
Fix the cotton-gauze pad on the wound with bandages as soon as possible. When injuring a hand, compare the color of the fingertips on both hands and if on the injured side they are bluish, white or spotty, loosen the bandage.
If the wound is extensive or deep, or if there are several stab wounds, call an ambulance as soon as possible. In other cases, taking urgent measures, contact the emergency room for medical help to avoid infection and ugly scars later.
If the knife remains in the wound, first aid.
Press gently around the knife to stop the bleeding. Cover the wound with a thickly folded gauze bandage. Do not remove the knife as it may hold back bleeding.
Fix the bandage with bandages, tightly laying them crosswise. Make sure that the victim is completely relaxed, calm and reassure him. Call an ambulance as soon as possible. Professional help is necessary, since in addition to bleeding, a knife injury is dangerous due to its inevitable infection, and a weapon in a wound can continue to damage tissues.
Based on the book “Ambulance, home directory of emergency conditions”.