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When should I do if I injure my finger and it's bleeding?

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If you cut or injure your finger, the first thing to do is to apply firm pressure until it stops bleeding. If you severed a piece of the finger, put it in a clean plastic bag and pack it in ice for your doctor.

The clean the wound with water, then apply antibacterial cream. Wrap the finger with a clean bandage. Apply ice if the finger is bruised or swollen.

Call 911 if blood is spurting from the wound, or if you can’t stop the bleeding after 5-10 minutes of steady pressure.

From: Treatment for Finger Injuries WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Leggit, M. March 1, 2006; vol 73(5): pp 810-816. American Family Physician,

National Library of Medicine: "Cuts and puncture wounds."

American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation: "Cuts and abrasions."

American Medical Association , Random House, 2009. . American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Medical Care

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Leggit, M. March 1, 2006; vol 73(5): pp 810-816. American Family Physician,

National Library of Medicine: "Cuts and puncture wounds."

American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation: "Cuts and abrasions."

American Medical Association , Random House, 2009. . American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Medical Care

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

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