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TITLE:

MANAGEMENT OF STAB WOUNDS

AUTHORS:

Salman Ali Mohammed Alaliwi , Ibrahim Salem H Alfaifi , Khulaif Mohammed Alhuwayshan , Ali Hosni Shafei , Mohammed Mufarreh Sharahili , Ahmad Mufarreh Sharahili .

ABSTRACT:

Introduction: A stab wound is defined is a traumatic wound that is penetrating, which can be caused by a sharp object, such as blade, knife or broken glass. A stab as such can cause localized tissue damage along wound track, piercing patient’s skin and develop entry to the body. In comparison, blunt trauma is caused by energy transfer through body tissues, which results in injury, for example, falls from heights, studded deceleration in a motor vehicle causing internal chest and abdominal injury Aim of work: In this review, we will discuss presentation and management of stab wounds in the emergency department. Methodology: We conducted this review using a comprehensive search of MEDLINE, PubMed, and EMBASE, January 1985, through February 2017. The following search terms were used: stab wounds, penetrating injury, airway and spine penetrating trauma, management of penetrating trauma in the emergency department Conclusions: Patients who Sustained stab injury are difficult to assess and manage, because their wounds can be life threatening and the patient can deteriorate swiftly. Patients who present with penetrating trauma should be treated with care to ensure that they are examined fully and that any other injuries are not overlooked. To ensure that the patient receives the best possible care, a structured ABCDE approach to assessment must be adopted by all members of trauma team Key words: penetrating wounds, stab wounds, emergency, trauma

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