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Old 11-04-2002, 04:45 PM   #1
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Question How do you know when you need stitches?

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Old 11-04-2002, 10:51 PM   #2
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trust me you will know if you need stiches. Have you done something that makes you think you need stiches? I have had alot of stiches there not fun

 
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Old 11-05-2002, 02:31 PM   #3
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No, I don't think I need stitches, I was just wondering. I don't think I've ever done it badly enough to warrant stitches, and doubt that I will... unlike some people who cut, I don't like the pain, and I do feel it. I was just wondering in case I ever do need them, how do you recognize it?
And I've heard that ER staff tend to not be sympathetic (unsurprisingly, really) and often don't provide an anaesthetic. Is that true?
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Old 11-06-2002, 07:12 AM   #4
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I just make a quick comment on ER'S and self injury been to alot of them my self. They tend no to be sympathetic to someone who harms themselves and the also can put you on a psych hold especially if you reappear rapidly. The law really requires you to be a danger to yourself or others and even though molf si people are not susidal it can still take you down.I have never heard of and ER making you suffer like with no numbing but they can make you feel bad enough to go home and si again, This is not true of all ERs but to alot it is but if you neeed stiches you need to go


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Old 11-07-2002, 05:40 AM   #5
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i tend to work on the fact that if i can push the cut together i can steri-strip it if not then i need to go get stitches

the sympathy of hospital staff varies some understand some dont

if they dont i try to educate them while i am there some listen some dont

i guess thats humans for you
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I guess the misunderstanding here is that I don't really know what the stitches are meant to do. Are they supposed to keep you from getting an infection/losing too much blood/getting a scar???
I don't really get it.
Sorry to be a pain.
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Old 11-08-2002, 08:19 AM   #7
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hey

i think stitches are just for helping the cut heal without really scaring all to bad...not sure if it helps against infections but i dont thnk it does...

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thanks
I think I'm just overly curious...

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its ok....sometimes being curious is a good thing
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if you leave a wound open it will get infected and that is really really nasty so dont let it happen.

it also helps to reduce the scaring but then steri-strips reduce scaring to if applied carefully

you can also have a cut glued together if it is not to bad

but if the cut is quite open then stitches are the better option as the two above can come apart more easily therfore leading to infection and increased scarring

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Old 11-13-2002, 02:32 AM   #11
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stitches do a few things. it stops blood flow - so cuts that won't stop bleeding after a resonable length of time should be butterflied or stitched. butterflies are better in that you get scars at the stitch site. deep cuts generally have to be stitched.
scars may not bother you as far as physical appearances but - if you build up enough scar tissue over time it can impare the use of those muscles and pinch nerves and otherwise create problems.
as far as infection - deep or shallow, stitched or not, all cuts can get infected if not cared for properly.

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I've been cutting for a couple of years. I've heard that sometimes ER docs aren't very sympathetic, even going so far as to refuse anesthetic during stitching.
I haven't ever gone to an ER for my cuts, i always bandage them myself, but i did get a horrified look from an EMT in a locker room once.
Some of my cuts go as much as a .5-.75 inch deep, and lay open almost an inch, and I never got stitches for them. Granted they scarred horribly, but i never went for stitches.

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