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Stingray Injury (cont.)

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Rapid evaluation and entry into the treatment area of the emergency department may be needed, especially if the stinger penetrated the person's head, chest, or abdomen.

Typical steps in diagnosing the extent of the stingray injury are as follows:

  • Blood pressure and pulse are checked.
  • The doctor performs an initial examination to see if resuscitation (help in breathing) is needed.
  • The doctor treats the pain and takes care of the wound.
  • Once the injured person is stable, x-rays may be taken if the doctor thinks foreign matter or parts of the stingray's sheath and spine remain in the wound.
  • Blood tests are usually not needed.

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