The recent posts about characters “digging out” gunshot wounds and using sugar to treat injuries drew quite a few pageviews, which was nice to see, although I wonder about your guys’s safety. You do know this is for writing fiction, right? Or are your weekends really that rough?
I figured I’d follow up with a post about treating knife wounds. Once again, I’m referencing the Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid. It’s written by Dr. James Hubbard, MD, MPH, someone with the right initials to talk about this stuff. I highly recommend this as a First Aid guide for quick reference when writing. It gets right to the point.
Basically, there are six steps for characters to follow when treating a cut, like a knife wound.
- Stop the bleeding
- Assess the damage
- Clean the wound
- Decide on treatment
- Close the wound (if appropriate)
- Watch for infection
Those few words can mean many things, which is why I’ll have information detailing each step coming in my next e-newsletter. Not that I don’t enjoy blog readers, but I save the best for the e-newsletter.