40-year-old right-handed, otherwise healthy male patient who presented as a full trauma activation patient after sustaining multiple stab wounds to left chest and upper extremity during a robbery.
Full ATLS work-up. In the trauma bay, primary survey intact and hemodynamically stable. GCS 15 (eye, verbal, and motor response. 15 equals normal). Secondary survey notable for 10-cm laceration over left lateral chest and deep 8-cm laceration to left forearm. Initially hypotensive, so received aggressive fluid resuscitation with appropriate response. CT head, c-spine, chest, abdomen and pelvis negative for other acute traumatic injuries. Left upper extremity XR (humerus, elbow, forearm and wrist) also negative for bony injuries. Palpable radial and ulnar pulses, low clinical concern for vascular injury. After initial management, was admitted to trauma surgery service.
Washout and laceration repair in ED.
Plastic or Hand Surgeon.
Local field block was achieved with 20cc of 1% lidocaine with epinephrine. Wound was thoroughly irrigated with 1L NS mixed with Betadine. FCR muscle belly and muscle fascia approximated with 3-0 Vicryl sutures. Dermis was loosely approximated with 3-0 Monocryl (buried dermal sutures) and skin with 4-0 Chromic Gut (simple interrupted). Wound then dressed with bacitracin, xeroform, kerlix and ACE wrap. Patient tolerated the procedure well.