When Is An Injury Serious?

One of the most dangerous places on Earth may be somewhere you go every day. Kitchen injuries like knife wounds can happen any time, but using some basic first-aid tips can help you determine whether a trip to the emer
One of the most dangerous places on Earth may be somewhere you go every day. Kitchen injuries like knife wounds can happen any time, but using some basic first-aid tips can help you determine whether a trip to the emergency room is in order. Dr Kurt Kleinschmidt, a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas assistant professor of emergency medicine, says the initial bleeding from a cut is rarely a good sign of the seriousness of the injury.

"A knife cut is probably going to bleed a lot," he says. "Apply steady pressure to the wound for five to 10 minutes, and then assess the wound once the bleeding has stopped."

If you've cut more than the superficial layer of skin, if the edges of the cut can be pulled far apart, if it's possible a foreign body might be in the cut, or if your finger feels numb or weak, Kleinschmidt recommends having a medical professional look at the wound.

"If your cut doesn't need medical attention, the best advice is to keep it clean, and plain old soap and water is the best way to do that," Kleinschmidt says. PregnancyAndBaby.com

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