Finger Injuries (cont.)
Finger Injuries Self-Care at Home
Control bleeding by direct, continuous pressure for
at least several minutes. Elevate the hand above the level of the heart to help slow the bleeding.
Find torn or missing tissue and save it, if possible.
- Gently rinse the tissue off with water if it is very dirty, and place it in a sealed plastic bag.
- Place the bag in ice water and bring it to the hospital with the patient.
- Cover the wound with a clean, dry bandage.
Remove loose dirt or foreign bodies.
- Do not try to remove objects that are deeply or firmly embedded.
- Run the patient's hand under tap water for several minutes, scrubbing gently with a washcloth if needed to remove dirt.
- Dry and then apply an antibacterial ointment.
If the finger is obviously deformed, immobilize it with a splint in whatever position is least painful.
- Almost any small rigid item such as a popsicle stick, a pen, or a piece of cardboard can be tied or taped to the finger as a splint.
- A finger can also be buddy-taped-that is, taped to the finger next to it.
Tape securely, but not tightly. If the fingers are taped too tightly it can
cause additional swelling and may cut off circulation to the injured finger.
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