Say I've got a shrimpy 12-year-old with a slash rather than some punctures. What would be used for sutures? Any hope of pain-relief via drug while he's getting stitched up, or should he just try to pass out?
ETA: Just had a few quick words with a doctor who knows a teensy bit about 18th century medicine (though not bayonets, so we went with the generic "he was stabbed by a knife"). He seemed to think the kid might have a reasonable chance if no major arteries were cut and the wounds were cauterized with something like gunpowder (which might lessen the possibility of infection a bit). He put recovery time at around a month, if everything went well.