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After you cut your thumb

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Evo
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Jun8-08, 06:23 PM
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How long should it take to stop bleeding after you have it tightly compressed? It's not bleeding as long as I keep it closed and keep pressure on it, but the second I remove the pressure, it bleeds like crazy.

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NeoDevin
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Jun8-08, 06:25 PM
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Then keep the pressure on it...
NeoDevin
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Jun8-08, 06:26 PM
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But generally mine stops bleeding after a couple of minutes with pressure on it, then I put a band-aid on it for good measure.

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Jun8-08, 06:32 PM
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After you cut your thumb

It's been an hour.
Andre
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Jun8-08, 06:34 PM
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Not good, better get first aid, Evo
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Jun8-08, 06:40 PM
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I would definitely go and grab the first aid kit. Out of curiosity, just how deep did you cut it that it has been bleeding for an hour? Because if you cut it completely off, I'd definitely advise a bit more than just first aid...:P
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Jun8-08, 06:40 PM
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It's not a long cut, but it's deep, so if I had one of those butterfly things they use instead of stitches, that would work. I need to stock up on first aid supplies. If I had one of those and a rubber finger, I think it would be ok.

If the car I am driving wasn't a stick, I might go to the drug store, but of course it's my right hand.

The Evo Child used up all of my bandages last time she was here because her new shoes were rubbing her feet.
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Jun8-08, 06:40 PM
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What is it with the PF all of a sudden. Between you Evo and the golden retriever in the Medical Sciences forum, there's been a lot of bleeding going on this afternoon.

Are you taking any meds (OTC or prescription) that inhibit clotting? Are you on the baby-aspirin-a-day regimen? (If any of these questions are too personal for the open forum, PM me).

How deep and long is the cut? How did you wash it out? What bandaging materials do you have on hand?

If you washed it out well, and can seal it and bandage it shut, I'd leave it like that overnight. It might require stitches, though.
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Jun8-08, 06:45 PM
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What is it with the PF all of a sudden. Between you Evo and the golden retriever in the Medical Sciences forum, there's been a lot of bleeding going on this afternoon.

Are you taking any meds (OTC or prescription) that inhibit clotting? Are you on the baby-aspirin-a-day regimen? (If any of these questions are too personal for the open forum, PM me).

How deep and long is the cut? How did you wash it out? What bandaging materials do you have on hand?

If you washed it out well, and can seal it and bandage it shut, I'd leave it like that overnight. It might require stitches, though.
I just saw the dog tongue cut, poor thing.

Funny you should mention it Berkeman, I'vd had a lot of blood work' done recently and evey time they take blood, when they stop, they ask me if I am on blood thinners because I keep bleeding. I'm not on any that I know of and no aspirin.

I'm using a paper towel.
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Jun8-08, 06:45 PM
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Okay, so I see the issue may be not enough bandaging stuff to make a good seal. Maybe knock on some neighbor doors? If you knocked on mine, I have plenty of EMT stuff handy...
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Jun8-08, 06:47 PM
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Okay, so I see the issue may be not enough bandaging stuff to make a good seal. Maybe knock on some neighbor doors? If you knocked on mine, I have plenty of EMT stuff handy...
Yep, I'm out of everything.
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Jun8-08, 06:50 PM
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Maybe try this as an improvised butterfly. Take a big bandaid (you do have that at least, I hope), and cut off one side of the tape (leaving behind the center bandage and the other side of tape. Use that tape piece as a butterfly, applying it directly over the cut. Then apply other bandages and dressing around that. The tape should keep the cut closed. Use direct pressure and elevation, and stay that way for an hour (sorry). After that you should be sealed up enough to last until you can get better dressings. I wouldn't remove the original one for a day or two, if that's practical. And be gentle when you do remove it, pulling from the edge nearest one end of the cut, and pulling the tape off parallel to the cut.
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Jun8-08, 06:51 PM
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Yep, I'm out of everything.
Well, you're going to need *something*! Can you call somebody to bring you some stuff, or else the neighbor knock thing?

EDIT -- Looks like the golden retriever is okay now.
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Jun8-08, 06:55 PM
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Oh, I found the little portable first aid kit that I bought the Evo Child for her purse. It has a couple of bandaids in it. I'll keep holding the paper towel on it for awhile longer then try a bandaid.

Nice to have an online EMT here. :-)
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Jun8-08, 06:58 PM
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Nice to have an online EMT here. :-)
Expanding to doggie EMT, apparently
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Jun8-08, 07:07 PM
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Stop trying to kill yourself.
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Jun8-08, 07:10 PM
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Stop trying to kill yourself.
Well the first bandaid attempt failed miserably, soaked through with blood. Paper towel has been re-applied.
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Jun8-08, 07:12 PM
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Expanding to doggie EMT, apparently
I'm impressed with your doggie skills. Lucky I live almost within walking distance of an after hours animal emergency room. I've spent thousands of dollars there rescuing stray animals.


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