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How do a I treat a cut on my hand?

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  • Apply direct pressure until bleeding stops.
  • Remove rings and bracelets that may impede blood flow or compress nerves if swelling occurs later.
  • Clean area with warm water and soap.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage.
  • Apply ice and elevate hand to reduce swelling.
  • If a finger or part of a finger has been cut off, collect all parts and tissue and place in a plastic bag on ice for transport to the hospital with the person.
  • See a health care provider immediately for a deep cut, puncture wound, animal bite, human bite, or a scrape that you cannot get clean or if the cut shows signs of infection.

From: Hand Injury Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Hand and Wrist Injuries."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Burns."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fingertip Injuries/Amputations."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Animal Bites."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Human Bites."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Hand Fractures."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Burns."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital: "Dislocations."

KidsHealth.org: "Broken Bones."

KidsHealth.org: "Burns."

KidsHealth.org: "Cuts: Instruction Sheet."

KidsHealth.org: "Frostbite: Instruction Sheet."

Red Cross: "Frostbite and Hypothermia."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Hand and Wrist Injuries."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Burns."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fingertip Injuries/Amputations."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Animal Bites."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Human Bites."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Hand Fractures."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Burns."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital: "Dislocations."

KidsHealth.org: "Broken Bones."

KidsHealth.org: "Burns."

KidsHealth.org: "Cuts: Instruction Sheet."

KidsHealth.org: "Frostbite: Instruction Sheet."

Red Cross: "Frostbite and Hypothermia."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

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