The person faints or has other signs of
shock, even if the bleeding
Bleeding from a large or deep cut does
not stop or slow down after applying direct
pressure, or blood quickly soaks through
Call a doctor if:
The skin near the wound is blue, white,
You have numbness, tingling, or loss of
feeling or movement below the wound.
You have a puncture wound to the head,
neck, chest, or belly, unless you know it
Bleeding has slowed but has not stopped
after 45 minutes of direct pressure.
You cannot remove an object from the
wound, or you think part of the object
may still be in the wound.
A cut has removed all the layers of skin.
The cut needs stitches. Stitches usually need to be done within
6 to 8 hours.
A deep puncture to the foot occurred
through a shoe.
A cat or human bite punctured the skin.
You have not had a tetanus shot in the
past 5 years or don't know when your last
shot was. If you need a shot, you should
get it as soon as possible.
You have signs of infection. These may
include increased pain, swelling, warmth,
or redness; red streaks leading from the
wound; pus; and fever.
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June 04, 2014
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