When you are brought to the emergency room a doctor will quickly assess your injury. Your wound will be inspected and your hand’s nerves and tendons tested. You will be asked to explain how the injury happened. You will also be asked which of your hands is dominant.
Tests may include the following:
—test that uses radiation to form an image; used to assess damage to the hand bones
—a type of x-ray that uses a computer to form an image; used to assess damage to the hand bones
—test that uses magnetic waves to form an image; used to assess damage to the hand bones and nerves
Examination of injury under anesthesia
Anesthesia is given so the doctor can closely examine your wound
Debris or dirt will be removed
Immediate treatment is focused on stopping any bleeding. The doctor will make sure your vital signs are stable. An intravenous line will be started to give you fluids and medicines. You may be referred to a hand specialist for surgery. Depending on your injury, you may receive the following treatment:
Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS.
Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide
. 6th Ed. United States: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2004; Chapter 268, Injuries to the Hand and Digits.
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IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
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