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If emergency treatment is not needed, bleeding can usually
be stopped by applying steady, direct pressure and elevating the wound. The
following steps will protect the skin wound and protect you from exposure to
another person's blood.
Occasionally a puncture wound causes bleeding underneath
the skin, but only a small amount of blood comes out of the wound. When this
happens, the area around the puncture wound may become swollen and bruised. If
the bleeding causes blood to collect in the wound site (wound hematoma), the
risk of an infection increases.
While following the steps to stop the bleeding, watch
for signs of shock in the injured person, including:
For more information, see the topic Shock.
June 6, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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