If you live in the inner city you might be worried about stabbings.
Surviving a single stab wound isn’t too uncommon. When stabbed in a mugging or as a more personal attack, the odds are pretty decent that you could survive. However, the problem is that most people won’t just stab once, but multiple times.
With each subsequent injury, your likelihood of survival becomes exponentially smaller. Fortunately, with the tips and tricks in this guide, you’ll be able to make the most of whatever odds you have.
Stab Wound Mortality Rates
Generally speaking, victims of stabbings typically have between a 20% and 30% mortality rate. This means that, if you are brought to an emergency room with one or more stab wounds, then you have a one in five or three in ten chance surviving.
Part of this is due to the amount of blood lost while waiting for help to arrive. Blood loss, of course, is one of the more standard problems to solve. Even somebody with absolutely no medical background could resolve this issue, including yourself.
Trauma First Aid
If you are the victim of a stabbing, there are a few things you need to do as quickly as possible.
Step 1: Neutralize the Threat
If the person who stabbed you is still in the area, you need to either fight for your life or escape. In your injured state, the latter will most likely be your best option. Get as far away from the stabber as you can while trying to move toward an area with more people. If you lose consciousness, they will still be able to help you despite your inability to help yourself.
Step 2: Call 911
It should go without saying that the first step in the actual first aid for a stab wound is to call for trained medical professionals to rescue you. Once that’s done, move on to step two.
Step 3: Stop the Bleeding
In the next few moments following an attack with a knife or other blade, your most pressing concern will be with the loss of blood. In general, putting pressure on the wound will help stop the bleeding; however, sometimes more severe measures must be taken.
If you have a wound on an appendage and it will not stop bleeding or if the wound is pulsing out blood, you will have to consider tying a tourniquet. This might result in the permanent loss of the limb, but that tends to be a preferable alternative to death.
Step 4: Treat for Shock
Shock is the medical condition that the body enters after a traumatic experience in order to protect vital organs. Lie down on your back and elevate your legs to improve circulation. Next, elevate the injured part of your body above the rest of your body. This will help prevent increased blood loss.
These four steps will significantly increase the likelihood of your survival after suffering a stab wound. By committing these steps to memory, you ensure that you will be able make the most of whatever odds you’re given.