Cuts - Topic Overview
have a cut:
Stop the bleeding with direct pressure to the wound. Determine if other tissues, such as
blood vessels, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, or internal organs,
have been injured. Determine if treatment by a
doctor, such as stitches, staples, or skin adhesives, is needed. Clean the wound and remove any dirt or debris to
prevent infections, both
bacterial skin infections and
tetanus ("lockjaw"). Determine whether you
Cuts to the head or face may appear worse than they are and
bleed a lot because of the good blood supply to this area. Controlling the
bleeding will allow you to determine the seriousness of the injury.
Check your symptoms to decide if and when you
should see a doctor.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 23, 2014
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