Emergency Room Hand Injury

When to visit the emergency room

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Knowing when to visit the emergency room can be tricky. Delaying treatment can cause serious damage, but emergency room trips can also be expensive and time-consuming. Visit the emergency room if:

  • If you’ve burned yourself and your skin is white and leathery
  • If you have bleeding that will not stop after 5 minutes of direct pressure
  • If you’ve cut yourself and now have numbness in the area
  • If your fingers are pale and cold after a traumatic injury or cold exposure
  • If you can’t move a joint or the joint is very painful and difficult to move
  • If your finger, hand or forearm is bent unnaturally after an injury
  • If you see something white through your skin, which could represent a bone or tendon
  • If you had a high pressure injection injury such as from a paint gun
  • If you have redness and swelling after an insect bite, animal bite or a cut in the skin
  • If you have intense bruising, swelling or pain after an injury

If you decide against visiting the emergency room, be sure to seek treatment with a hand surgeon near you as soon as possible. Visit www.HandCare.org to find a hand surgeon.

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