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The Matrix Refugee

Loss of a hand in post-apocalyptic conditions

Setting: Post-apocalyptic Japan

Subject is an otherwise healthy adult male who has lost a hand above the wrist but below the elbow. The wound is a clean cut, but what would be the quickest and most effective way to treat it and what kind of damage to the tissues, etc, can I expect? How likely is he to go into shock? There is an unlicensed doctor on hand to treat the injury, up to and including some crude surgery using kitchen knives and regular sewing thread (though some painful surgery might be in order since the patient is an utterly unlikable bastard and I'm sadistic enough to want to make him suffer a little bit, but not make it obvious).

I've Googled "loss of a hand", but keep coming up with articles on thieves being punished in Muslim extremist-controlled countries by having hands cut off (ick...); "hand amputation" didn't work, either, I kept finding articles on hand prosthetics as well as surgical texts that didn't fit an environment where the nearest hospital is miles away and the characters don't even know if it's standing or if anything can be used due to the post-apocalyptic conditions.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries (misc)

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