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He tripped last night and sliced his finger on a bit of broken plate. It's quite deep and there's a big flap of skin covering it. The bleeding keeps stopping and starting because the flap of skin won't stay put. The only reason I'm asking is because the hospital is an hour and a half away (public transport) and he doesn't want to have to wait for hours if he doesn't need them.
Cut the sticky bit into narrow strips and use this to pull the wound together, then put a big plaster over the top?
Basically I would think you need something to pull the sides of the wound together to stop the bleeding, then something on top to protect it.
I'm surprised that given that it it such a long way to anywhere that you don't keep a well stocked first aid kit ie wound wash, steri strips, gauze, tape, bandages, plasters of varying sizes, scissors, eye wash, tcp etc.
I sliced my arm open last year whilst smashing up our old iron bath. Despite living very close to A&E and to a miu I did it myself. Washed the wound, then steri stripped it, and put a large plaster over the top. It healed fine within a couple of weeks.
Dh ended up at miu as he dropped a plasterboard on his big toe. I took him a couple of days later when it was clear it wasn't healing. They just put some padding on and a bandage (he has a latex allergy). It still kept bleeding a few days later, so he went to the gp, who passed him onto the nurse. She used a silver colloid solution to seal the wound, which stopped the bleeding (eventually), and gave us loads of dressings to use at home as the dressing needed replacing every day for a week. Good job I'm not squeamish
we'd be 50 minutes to A&E in Dundee...we do live in a field but not quite the arse end! :D
We do have a MI in town, five minutes away but they are very loathe to admit to having any facilities....ds2 broke his finger a couple of years back and I strapped it, we did go to get it checked and ask would it be worth the trip to Dundee for an Xray, Nurse said probably not, and off we went home. A week later when the swelling still had not gone down they made an appointment for him to have an Xray at the MI centre.
Not quite sure why she failed to mention that it could be done on the premises, but still. <sigh>
It's unlikely that it would be stitched now - an infection risk and as the skin dries out and retracts slightly it doesn't come together for suturing as well.
Worth trying to stick the flap together, ideally with Steristrips or if you can't get those then fabric Elastoplast cut into strips, then a plaster over the top. (If you're really desperate use superglue but it stings like hell and has to be kept dry for 5 days which is difficult with fingers.)
If you live in the back of beyond it's worth having a halfway decent first aid kit in the house.