Cuts and Scrapes


Cuts and Scrapes
Cuts and Scrapes

Your Doctor or Emergency Room Visit

What your doctor will ask you about: when did the injury occur,did it occur at work, how did it occur, was there loss of consciousness(for injuries to the head), was the injury contaminated by feces orsoil, whether there was an animal (and what kind of animal) orhuman bite, whether you have any numbness on or difficulty movingbody parts near the injury, whether you have difficulty breathing (ifit was a deep wound to the chest), or abdominal pain (if it was a deepwound to the abdomen).

Your doctor will want to know if you have any of these condi-tions: diabetes, bleeding disorders, heart disease, immune systemdisorders, organ transplant.

Your doctor will want to know if there is a history of domesticabuse in your home.

Your doctor will want to know if you are taking any medicationssuch as steroids or blood thinners. He or she will also ask whenyou last remember having a tetanus shot.

Your doctor will do a physical examination including the fol-lowing: temperature, blood pressure, pulse, examine the injury for:size, crushed skin and bone, dirt or other foreign matter, sensationand movement of body parts near the injury.

Your doctor will probably not order any blood tests unless the injuryis very deep or severe or there are other associated problems. Youmay need to have a tetanus shot (booster) or other shots (such asrabies) if your doctor suspects an infection, or to take antibiotics.


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