First Aid/stab wound to the abdomen


QUESTION: hello writing a story where a stab wound is self inflicted into a female in her twenties abdomen. can you tell me how long the hospital stay would be if there was no fatal damage done, but serious enough to cause major bleeding, would she pass out? what kind of care would the hospital perform and what would be given for pain?


If the stab wound did not puncture any vital organs, the injury would still cause substantial bleeding and could contribute to the victim passing out if not addressed quickly. The hospital would immediately monitor the victim, control all bleeding from the wound and use narcotic analgesics as needed for pain. Hospital stay could range from several days to weeks depending upon victim's recovery time.

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QUESTION: thank you for your prop response! it was very helpful. i do have a bit of a follow up question(s), would there be stitches involved, how deep would the wound have to be in order to require stitches. what kind of movement could tear the stitches. thanks again Dave

Hi Jan;

Puncture wounds often damage enough tissue, below the skin, so that simply stitching up the skin ends together would create a gap under the skin. Wounds such as these could then require deeper sutures/stitches to promote healing and prevent infection. Any sudden movement/additional trauma or extending exertion over a period of time could have the result of tearing the stitches.

Hope this helps,


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