Stabbing injuries
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Stabbing injuries

Gill Mackenzie Staff nurse, A&E Department, Middlesbrough Hospital
Tricia Scott Senior Lecturer, University of Teesside School of Health, Middlesbrough

Gill Mackenzie and Tricia Scott consider the emergency management of stabbing injuries

Low velocity penetrating injuries commonly occur in the younger adult male. In a study of 80, 20-39 year olds in a Teeside hospital, 71 cases of penetrating injuries involved males. Within this group, four categories emerged; 20 stabbing injuries, four traumatic amputations and three gunshot wounds (1). From these figures it is necessary to clarify the meaning of the terms laceration and stabbing. 'Hie former is a tear to the flesh causing disruption of the skin structure, the latter is classified as a low velocity penetrating injury in which trauma is caused by a single blade, but may be multiple. This is compared with medium and high energy trauma associated with firearms, where tumble and fragmentation of bullets lead to secondary tissue trauma (2).

Emergency Nurse. 4, 4, 18-19. doi: 10.7748/en.4.4.18.s4

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