Jeremy, a naughty and hyperactive boy, is five and a half. Yesterday he accidentally kicked a soccer ball through the sliding glass doors, and his overwhelmed Dad thoughtlessly threw the broken glass into the garbage can. Today, while wearing a tee-shirt and shorts, Jeremy tripped over the bag containing the glass while bringing it the curb and cut himself.
Dad has a little first-aid knowledge, so he wrapped up the cut(s) the best he could before hustling Jeremy and his siblings into the car and driving to the ER or waits for an ambulance. It’s possible that the hospital is near enough by that it only takes 20-30 minutes from the time Jeremy’s sister wails to dad that Jeremy is hurt to arriving at the hospital, but it *could *take a lot longer if necessary considering Dad’s wrangling four kids solo while Mom is out of town.
Jeremy lost enough blood that doctors are concerned (and Dad is terrified to lose him, which really is the point of the injury) but after being given some blood and being stitched up Jeremy will be fine.
So, how badly (how deep and long a cut) should Jeremy cut himself, and to what body part(s), exactly? I could guess, but odds are pretty good I’d over-estimate and suggest a wound that’d have him bleed out before getting to the hospital, or under-estimate and give him a wound that wouldn’t be severe enough to worry Dad as badly as I’d like. Suggestions from the medically knowledgeable, please?
Oh, what happens after a blood transfusion, anyway? I’ve cut myself badly enough for the ER twice and was let go immediately after getting stitches, but I imagine there’s some sort of observation time after getting blood. Hours? Over night?