Not an apples-to-apples comparison: with a broken finger, all the hospital is going to do is splint it, the same thing as the show's own medic. With stitches, their efficacy is dramatically reduced the longer you wait. When you need stitches, you need them NOW. Plus, with modern stitches and various adhesives, it's hard to say how serious a cut is based on the number of stitches. In my opinion, what we are seeing here is a clear case of the Elves giving the "villain" edit: I strongly doubt Jamie had any real choice about going out to get those stitches. If she did, the producers and their lawyers are sleeping on the job.
Was it the medic's decision to take Jamie out? I doubt it; Fabio competed in the final with a broken finger!
I think the lawyers are eyeing the potential liability of penalizing people for seeking medical treatment.
As far as the comparison - it all depends on how the finger was broken. And stitches ... http://www.glenn.coc...ing/Stitch.html - basically backs up what I've seen as far as when to get stitches - knife wounds aren't really a big thing, they're clean cuts that just need to be held together somehow. And up to 18 hours...
Again, I think the producers pretty much don't have a good choice when it comes to a competitor with a potential need for medical attention. Unless they are clearly unfit to continue competing, in which case if they do *not* take that person out, they're going to be liable (Seth Caro?). If they create an environment where one is penalized for getting medical care, that's huge can of worms, liability-wise. I'm assuming from reading all the blogs that the issue was, "we will not stop you from getting immediate medical attention to this; if you do not get immediate medical attention, you are responsible for that decision (i.e. we cannot be sued if you don't go to the hospital)".
We've seen other competitors cut themselves and glove up to keep going, haven't we?