Mara (missmara) wrote in little_details,

Slit Throats

Timeframe: present (2009-2010)
Setting: South Eastern Wyoming (in case the climate could make a difference)

Character A (about 14 or 15 years old, 5'6", healthy but skinny), along with his family, survives the initial onslaught of the apocalypse. They are of course primarily concerned with their own survival, but they'd help others if they can. unfortunately, this leads to them being tricked and ambushed, and the family is killed.

A's throat is slit and he's left to die, but the cut wasn't deep enough/in the right place to kill him (missed the jugular) because the attackers didn't really know what they were doing, so he survives, but he's in shock. He manages to get up and stumble away from his families bodies, with no idea where he's going except 'away'. By complete chance, he comes across other survivors, and they offer, somewhat reluctant, assistance. One of them was an Army Medic, on leave when it all went down, and has done field surgery, so they provide treatment.

Here's the question: What would my Medic do for A? I would assume cleaning the wound is step one, then put in stitches if neccesary, then cover in gauze if available, clean (boiled) strips of cloth if not. What else? They don't have the equipment to provide a blood transfusion, even if they knew A's blood type, so that's out. Medications would be scarce, but I would assume they'd try to scrounge up some antibiotics to give him, and they'd want to check the wound regularly for signs of infection.

Would eating be difficult? I imagine swallowing might be uncomfortable, or even painful, but he would be able to, right?

How soon before the medic might consider it safe for A to travel?

Anything I'm forgetting?

Search Terms: slit throat survive (which turne dup some vaguely helpful links), throat anatomy diagram slit (on google images, which helped me figure out the position of the cut) and "treatment for slit throat" (which gave me either the same links as the first search, or stuff completely unrelated). I turned up links about what would be done in a hospital, but that doesn't help since my survivors have limited equipment and knowledge. I also did multiple searches to come up with some info on Krystal Surles, the 10 year-old girl who walked 1/4 mile to get help after having her throat slit.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries (misc)

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