FAQ Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene: Emergency First Responder (RQF) FROS® - Online Blended Part 1

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Knife Wounds

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Understanding the Impact of Knife Wounds on the Body

Safety First

Before approaching a victim of a knife wound, ensure your safety and the absence of the assailant to prevent further harm.

Signs and Symptoms

Assess the patient's appearance, breathing, and wound condition to determine the severity of the injury:

  • Blood Loss: Evaluate the amount and flow of blood from the wound.
  • Wound Location: Note the position of the knife, as different organs may be affected based on the site of injury.
  • Blade Length: Determine how deeply the knife has penetrated the body.
  • Gender Consideration: Recognize the tendency for males and females to stab at different angles and with varying force.

Multiple Wounds and Examination

Thoroughly examine the victim for additional stab wounds, ensuring no injuries are overlooked:

  • Body Inspection: Expose and inspect the entire body for stab wounds, particularly in areas prone to hidden injuries.

Proper Handling of Knife Wounds

Follow appropriate protocols when dealing with knife wounds to prevent exacerbating the injury:

  • Object Removal: Do not remove the knife or any penetrating object from the body.
  • Stabilization: Secure the blade in place with dressings on either side to minimize movement.
  • Transfer to Medical Facility: Transport the patient to a trauma center for further evaluation and treatment under sterile conditions.

Considerations Beyond Knives

Remember that similar protocols apply to other sharp objects causing penetrating injuries, such as metal fragments from accidents:

  • Universal Approach: Treat all penetrating injuries, regardless of the object, with the same caution and care.
Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit three LO3.1, 3.2, 3.3 & 3.4