Wounds in the abdomen - First Aid

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First aid

First aid

Practical guide to first aid

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  • Airway opening control
  • Artificial breathing
  • Mouth-to-mouth breathing
  • Mouth-nose breathing
  • Cardiac massage
  • Combination of ventilation with cardiac massage
  • Mushroom poisoning
  • Intoxication by altered or infected food
  • Poisoning by ingestion of toxic substances
  • Gas poisoning
  • External bleeding
  • Internal bleeding
  • Simple wounds and grazes
  • Serious injuries
  • Chest wounds
  • Wounds in the abdomen
    • What to do
  • Wounds to the face
  • How to make a bandage
  • Bandages for wounds with foreign body
  • Limb fractures
  • Column fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Acute cramp
  • Heat stroke
  • Burns
  • Severe burns
  • Mild burns
  • Caustic caustic burns
  • Hypothermia
  • Hypothermia in children
  • Freezing
  • electrocution
  • Foreign bodies in the airways
  • Foreign bodies in the ear
  • otorrhagia
  • Foreign bodies in the eye
  • Injury to the eye
  • Snake bites
  • Bites of other animals
  • Insect bites
  • Resuscitation maneuvers
  • Artificial breathing
  • Cardiac massage
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions
  • Suffocation

Wounds in the abdomen

The severity of the wounds to the abdomen is connected to the risk of internal bleeding, that is, a leak of the blood in the circulation, not outside the body, but inside it.

These hemorrhages are not visible and are often detected when the blood loss is of such magnitude as to cause the symptoms of shock.

Only in some cases are they suspicious, for example when blood is seen to come out of a natural orifice; this obviously allows to prevent shock.

It is important that after a trauma to the abdomen (for example after a car accident) the victim is kept under medical supervision for a few hours, as the signs of internal bleeding occur late and require intervention urgency.

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What to do

  1. Cover the wound with a clean cloth of sufficient size (Figure 1).

Do not use gauze compresses, because they could penetrate the abdomen.

Do not try to place any viscera that have leaked into the abdominal cavity.

  1. Stop the dressing by wrapping it (Figure 2).
  2. Take the injured person to the nearest hospital keeping him in a horizontal position, with his knees bent and his head turned to the side (Figure 3). Do not give him anything to drink.

If an object (for example a knife) has remained stuck in the wound, do not try to extract it: this could cause bleeding, aggravating the situation.

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