Kind of a weird question but here goes: I've got a paramedic whose wrists are duct-taped behind her. She has a scalpel and is trying to cut herself free. Given that she doesn't want to hurt herself, would she try to cut a particular side of the wrist? If she nicks herself on the "better side", how quickly would she lose blood? What's the treatment plan? Thanks a million!!!
Hmmmm. This is an interesting one. It’s slightly off-topic, but I’ll give it a shot.
There are three ways I can see her holding the scalpel with her wrists taped together. (I invite you to pick up a pencil and follow along.)
First, she could try to work on the thumb side of the tape, with the scalpel held across the top of her thumb and hooked between her index and middle finger on her dominant hand.
Second, she could try to work on the pinky side of the wrist, by holding the scalpel almost in her fist and working the end back toward the thumb side.
And third, she could try gently guiding the scalpel between her palms into the space between the arches of her wrist – and in between the “top strip” and “bottom strip” of tape. She can then press the ulnar (pinky) side bones together and sort of use it as leverage to cut towards the top or the bottom strip.
Remember, she doesn’t need to cut all the way through the tape on either side. All she has to do is cut through a little bit of one of the side (but she does need to cut all layers). Duct tape tears fairly easily once the cut has been initiated.
Now, you ask about injury. This is definitely a sensitive area – we don’t likes the cutsings of the arteries, Precious, no we dont’s – but there’s no guarantee she’ll even give herself a nick doing this. I would say working the blade from the middle of the palms back and then slicing “down” towards the pinkies is probably the safest, mostly because yes, she has to work the blade between her palms, but she can sort of run it along the flat of her hand to get it there?
Anyway, if she does nick herself, it’s likely to be fairly superficial, and can be dealt with by a bandage and some pressure. She’d bleed a bit, but not enough to be clinical, unless she nicks a vein; there are several veins on the palmar side of the wrist.
Clean cut bleeding, like scalpel wounds, tend to stop bleeding fairly quickly anyway, because they’re easy to clot, but maybe spill a cup of blood on the floor before it really stops :)
Source: I’m sitting on my couch playing with (sealed, safetied) scalpel, just for you. <3
Hope this helps!