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How soon should a bleeding wound be stitched?

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Dr. Arvind Guru

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Published At April 19, 2017
Reviewed AtApril 17, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have a wound. I know that it needs stitches, but that is not an option at the moment. How long have I got to seek medical attention if it has not stopped bleeding?

Answered by Dr. Arvind Guru

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You already know that you need to visit a doctor. So, do not delay it. The timeline you asked for depends on the site of injury, the total amount, and the rate of bleeding. The bleeding should usually stop within 10 to 20 minutes if undisturbed. If it does not, then either you have injured a blood vessel or you have a clotting disturbance. In both cases, rush to the hospital immediately. And if it has stopped, then it needs to be stitched closed preferably within six hours to prevent infection. If for any reason you are stuck, till that time wash it with running water and wrap a sterile bandage or clean ironed hanky over it in a way that the edges of the wounds are gently opposed and pressed against each other. Make sure it is not too tight to stop blood flow. Please send a picture if you need more specific advice.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Arvind Guru
Dr. Arvind Guru

General Surgery

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