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Finger Injuries (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Because the hand is a finely coordinated tool that must function correctly for so many everyday activities, even a relatively minor finger injury can lead to some loss of function. If in doubt, consult a doctor. Also contact a doctor if the patient is not sure whether they have had a tetanus immunization in the last 10 years. Always seek medical care if the following occur:

  • If there is severe pain or deformity
  • If there is uncontrolled bleeding
  • If there is numbness (loss of sensation)
  • If the finger is pale or bluish in color
  • If there are exposed bones or tendons

Go to a hospital's emergency department if these conditions develop:

  • The patient has heavy bleeding or bleeding that does not stop.
  • There is obvious missing tissue or amputation.
  • There is obvious deformity of the finger.
  • A cut gapes open or goes deeper than the very top layer of skin.
  • The patient is unable to completely clean out the dirt or foreign bodies from a wound.
  • There is an area of numbness or weakness.
  • The patient is unable to use the finger normally.
  • The patient develops redness, drainage, pus, swelling, fever, or other signs of infection.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/19/2013

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