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When should I get medical attention about a hand injury?

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Get medical attention for a hand injury if:

  • The person is seriously injured or unconscious.
  • The hand is numb or cold.
  • The skin under the fingernail is blue.
  • A bone is sticking out of the skin.
  • Bleeding doesn't stop after several minutes of firm pressure.
  • Blood spurts from the wound.

From: Broken Hand Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Hand and Wrist Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Hand Fractures."

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

Broken Hand Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Hand and Wrist Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Hand Fractures."

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

Broken Hand Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

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