CrossFit Discussion Board  

Go Back   CrossFit Discussion Board > In Sickness and In Health > Health and Medical Issues
CrossFit Home Forum Site Rules CrossFit FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Health and Medical Issues For other than injuries

Thread Tools
Old 06-13-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
Aidan Macdonald
Member Aidan Macdonald is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Newbury Park  CA
Posts: 209
The Stitches Window

What is with the window to get stitches? I cut myself yesterday, tried taping and glue but it failed, went to get a stitch (small cut), and they told me I waited to long and taped it up AGAIN.

I know, I am fairly dumb. But I don't understand the window deal. You REALLY can't get stitches after 8 hours. What about soldiers, adventerous people, and people without quick access to medical care. It sounds like a legal issue.

And looking back, I know I have gotten stitches well past the window. I had a cut, got it stitched, waited 2 weeks, got them removed, the cut opened again, and I got restitched. So what's up
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 08:57 PM   #2
Katherine Derbyshire
Member Katherine Derbyshire is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Seattle  WA
Posts: 7,596
Re: The Stitches Window

People without quick access to medical care will either bleed to death or quit bleeding on their own.

I think the reason for the window is the risk of infection and other badness if you seal the wound up after the body's natural healing has kicked in.

  Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 01:05 PM   #3
Jason Peacock
Member Jason Peacock is offline
Jason Peacock's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Seattle  WA
Posts: 563
Re: The Stitches Window

That's my understanding - within a certain timeframe (hours) you can basically press the skin/wound back together and everything just rejoins itself.

But if the body's already started the healing/wound protection process, then sticking things together won't help them rejoin - you're stuck with conventional healing, which generally happens bottom-up and so stitching the top together while bottom (inside) is still healing just causes problems (drainage?). So instead it's just tape & cover & changing the dressing.

In the field, depending on the level of training, you can cleanse the wound and then use butterfly bandages that are basically modern stitches. Also, many wilderness first responders carry skin staples, which are a great backcountry hack. Very useful for scalp wounds which are difficult to bandage and bleed everywhere.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 08:25 PM   #4
Mike Hopper
Member Mike Hopper is offline
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Waterloo  IL
Posts: 161
Re: The Stitches Window

I carry butterfly bandages and steri-strips in my kit as an athletic trainer. I'm able to put a wound back together, cover it, and let an athlete normally finish a game before going to get stitches. But again, 3-4 hour window needs to be met..
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 09:40 PM   #5
Megan Zetter
Member Megan Zetter is offline
Megan Zetter's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Portland  OR
Posts: 204
Re: The Stitches Window

Typically after 6 hours it's best to not stitch. Wounds on the hand and the face can go longer without stitches due to good blood supply. Like Katherine said, the doctor is likely worried about closing an infection. Just keep in bandaged and protected and you should be fine.
Chiropractic physician
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2011, 08:17 PM   #6
Steve Bray
Affiliate Steve Bray is offline
Steve Bray's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Perth  WA Australia
Posts: 624
Re: The Stitches Window

it obviously wasnt bad enough to stitch up. i used to cut myself alot ( i worked with knives) and in my old job people only got stitches if you cut a tendon....ive had a few cuts where i think back i shouldve got it stitched up but they healed by themselves rather well.
  Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Box Jump Fall = 6 stitches Lisa Hsu Injuries 36 12-13-2011 10:29 PM
Stitches Jeff Riegler Health and Medical Issues 3 11-06-2008 10:38 AM
Stitches Darci Niestroy Injuries 2 07-03-2008 10:50 PM
gym window Sarena Kopciel Stuff and Nonsense 2 11-14-2007 08:04 AM
Stitches? Danny Edwards Injuries 3 07-22-2005 07:24 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:33 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc.