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Old 08-03-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Impatient patient stitches own wound.

SUNDSVALL, Sweden, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A Swedish man said hospital workers reported him to police after he got tired of waiting for treatment and stitched his own leg wound.

The 32-year-old man said he cut his leg on the edge of a kitchen stove while renovating his home and he was kept waiting in a Sundsvall Hospital treatment room for more than an hour, The Local reported Tuesday.

Impatient patient stitches own wound - UPI.com
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I don't see the issue.

I have had to stitch myself a few times.

After serving for decades and watching medics with 6-weeks of training set bones, do minor surgeries, deliver babies, etc. Why not? I can do it just as good [if not better] than they can.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Bucks, UK
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the idea of it is much worse than the reality.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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My dh did that when he was in the service. He didn't think it was a big deal. He didn't do a great job, however, and has quite a scar many years later. It was on one hand so he only had the other to work with, which is probably why.

I would prefer to pass and will go to the ER for stitches should I ever need them, thank you very much.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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In 1992 I had a cut on the back of my head and I was taken to a hospital. The medical staff refused to treat me, until a supervisor to arrived, to take firearm.
Then I spent 90minutes standing with my head in a deep sink, with the water flowing over my head, flushing the wound, as the hospital staff did their shift-change.

Then the on-coming shift had an argument as to which of them had to put in my stitches. The loser was an 18 year old girl who had never done stitches before.

With my head between her knees she tried to do the stitches. Her legs were shaking the entire time.

She had to take 2 breaks so she could puke.

She had no idea how to pull the two flaps of skin together. So I had to pull my scalp to give her loose skin to punch the sutures through.

If I could have seen the wound myself I would have done the sutures much faster.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:24 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Impatient patient stitches own wound.

SUNDSVALL, Sweden, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A Swedish man said hospital workers reported him to police after he got tired of waiting for treatment and stitched his own leg wound.

The 32-year-old man said he cut his leg on the edge of a kitchen stove while renovating his home and he was kept waiting in a Sundsvall Hospital treatment room for more than an hour, The Local reported Tuesday.

Impatient patient stitches own wound - UPI.com
Well of course I could (and would). Does the concept really sound that odd to you?

I have been toying with the idea of doing my own "mini" facelift and taping it for youtube. I think it would be fun and EASY, but I have to study a bit more on where those pesky facial, trifacial and trigeminal nerves are located first.

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Old 08-04-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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Well of course I could (and would). Does the concept really sound that odd to you?

I have been toying with the idea of doing my own "mini" facelift and taping it for youtube. I think it would be fun and EASY, but I have to study a bit more on where those pesky facial, trifacial and trigeminal nerves are located first.

20yrsinBranson
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Yep....

You should do a great job.....the fact that you think the trifacial and trigeminal nerves are actually separate entitities bodes well for your understanding of complex facial anatomy
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Bucks, UK
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just when you think the insanity displayed on this forum has reached its peak...



edit: to add to the original topic...suturing one's own wound is easy. doing a good job of it, less so. managing the injury (as opposed to just closing the wound) is the hardest part - ensuring that no vital structures have been damaged, proper cleaning & dressing of the wound, appropriate antibiotic cover where appropriate, ensuring vaccinations (e.g. tetanus) are up to date, etc etc etc...which is why, even though quite possible to do oneself, it should be a last resort in the absence of more appropriate alternatives.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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For minor lacerations requiring only a few stitches, superglue & butterfly bandages are your friend.

I can't sew very well.

Silly Socialists reporting self sufficient man to the Swedish police. I thought universal healthcare was supposed to be then end-all cure-all. Guess they don't like the competition to the system. I mean, what would happen if people actually started taking care of themselves instead of running to the E.R. at the drop of a stitch?
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I absolutely could not, the sight of blood makes me sick! But I have a close friend who has done this many times. I was there once (but I couldn't watch!)
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