Hand Injuries (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
Anyone with a hand injury should consider calling a doctor or seek medical attention. The potential for devastating injuries increases greatly when medical attention is delayed. Even the smallest cut or seemingly innocent hand injury could require advanced treatment to prevent infection or significant loss of function.
Any cut or laceration, which may require stitches to repair, warrants a medical evaluation. If a person is in doubt about whether the cut they have needs stitches, they should call the doctor for guidance.
Minor burns do not require immediate medical evaluation; however, call a health care professional if there is any doubt.
Injuries to the hand causing the following symptoms generally require emergency medical attention at a hospital's emergency department.
Seek emergency medical care in these situations:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2014
Chad Tarr, MD
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