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Old 28.09.2011, 23:14
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Should I go to ER/Casualty?

Taking down the mean SOB camp bed we have this evening I caught my thumb in the scissor action - taking the full weight of the bed across my thumb.

30 seconds of confused messages and we freed my thumb. One side is punctured - the other side a deep cut.

That was about 90mins ago. It is still leaking a bit of plasma - but the pain has pretty much subsided.

ER or not?
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Old 28.09.2011, 23:18
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

ER for stitches and a tetanus shot if needed (any rust ? has the camp bed been outside)

Sorry about your pain
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Old 28.09.2011, 23:20
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

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ER for stitches and a tetanos shot if needed (any rust ? has the camp bed been outside)

Sorry about your pain
Tetanus is up to date!
Camp bed has been inside

Our 1 chf Ricardo bed has its revenge!!!
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Old 28.09.2011, 23:22
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

do you have pictures?
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Old 28.09.2011, 23:24
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

Definitely get it checked out. I cut my finger once (about a cm under the tip) with a knife .. trying to chop parsley. It took about 2 hours to stop bleeding, but then I thought it would be fine. But as it healed, I lost the feeling in my finger from the cut up to the tip, never to be regained. When I mentioned it to my doctor, he said I should have had it stitched.

So just to say that even if you think it is ok, there are things you couldn't possibly know about that might happen .. without wanting to scare you of course!

Hope it's better soon.
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Old 28.09.2011, 23:26
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

Punctures are more prone to infections than cuts, especially on fingers. I'd go to the ER just to be on the safe side. It's better to be told, "Not that much of a problem" than "You should have come four days ago."
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Old 28.09.2011, 23:33
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Should I go to ER/Casualty?

Naw, don't be such a wuss - clean it, dry it, dress it, move on
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Old 28.09.2011, 23:37
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

I would definitely go to the ER. Apart from the risk of infection, they may also be able to help prevent your finger from scarring, etc.

I once cut the top of my thumb really badly when a glass broke while I was washing it. The cut was deep and it bled like crazy. I didn't have insurance at the time, though, so I didn't go the ER. I now have a really ugly (and very visible) scar there because it never healed/closed properly.

Also, I don't mean to scare you with this, but... a girl I know recently hit her hand on a door while doing aerobics. She cut her finger but didn't go to the ER because she didn't think it was that bad. But it got infected and she ended up losing the finger.
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Old 28.09.2011, 23:43
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

Yes I agree with Sky sorry it took me ages to see this thread...hope you get better
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Old 29.09.2011, 00:06
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

ER, not a polyclinique but the real McCoy.
I had a 'small' accident about 18 months ago (broken plant pot cut across a joint on my right index finger), it was dismissed as a minor surface cut by the attending doctor at the local polyclinique; but he'd missed damage to the tendons and after months of physio I can just about bend it. A real disaster for a very right-handed artist. Insist on as many x-rays and tests as possible, there's a small window for spotting damage to fingers before it's too late.

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ER, not a polyclinique but the real McCoy.
I had a 'small' accident about 18 months ago (broken plant pot cut across a joint on my right index finger), it was dismissed as a minor surface cut by the attending doctor at the local polyclinique; but he'd missed damage to the tendons and after months of physio I can just about bend it. A real disaster for a very right-handed artist. Insist on as many x-rays and tests as possible, there's a small window for spotting damage to fingers before it's too late.
Fingers are complex. I broke my right index findex in May at the first joint. I have been to two hand specialists. Correct diagnosis and treatment from the time of injury is really important.
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Old 29.09.2011, 00:20
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Taking down the mean SOB camp bed we have this evening I caught my thumb in the scissor action - taking the full weight of the bed across my thumb.

30 seconds of confused messages and we freed my thumb. One side is punctured - the other side a deep cut.

That was about 90mins ago. It is still leaking a bit of plasma - but the pain has pretty much subsided.

ER or not?
You brought back memories... The same thing happened to me every single year in summer camp. I never learn :P Personally i wouldnt do anything but if you are worried a trip to ER cant hurt. Better safe than sorry
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Old 29.09.2011, 00:30
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

If it were me I personally would wait til the morning - unless it's bleeding loads, obviously broken, seriously painful or can't move it. Or you could call and ask about the waiting time and then decide - if it's zero and they are empty then pop along otherwise I think I'd see how it is in the morning.

Having said all that though, my son once backed his bike into a metal fence when he had his hand on the back - so basically crushed his finger between bike and fence. Didn't look all that bad apart from a giant blood blister. Because he was only 2 at the time we took him to the kids ER - more I thought because the blister looked so nasty - and turned out he had actually broken the finger. We had no idea.

So - yeah - I know nothing!
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Old 29.09.2011, 00:31
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

checkup and stitches should be advised.
my ol' fella ripped his finger open a few years ago but was adamant that it was ok....even though some fatty bits were hanging out. He got 5 stitches and a shot.
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Old 29.09.2011, 00:32
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

Dude, sounds like you are on the cusp between a bottle of Scotch or the ER... Think about what your mates at Landi would do - probably the Scotch!

On a serious note, better one time too many than one time too few to the ER...
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Old 29.09.2011, 00:53
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

Are we getting pics or not?

I'll make a guess that it's not the first time you've gotten sliced open, so you probably have a pretty good idea whether you need stitches or not. If it's fully mobile and you can put pressure on it and put it in tension without jumping through the ceiling it probably isn't broken.

If the pain is OK just go to bed. If you have any doubts in the morning go see the doc.

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Old 29.09.2011, 01:38
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

Could you find a picture without the painful grammatical error? It's giving me a brain hemorrhage. Should I go to EF, err I mean ER?
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Old 29.09.2011, 02:25
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

...hope you went. Having doubts about whether you should go or not is sufficient reason to go. I've got three fingers with various repercussions of not going, and been told much later by a specialist that if I had gone straight away to a doctor I could have saved myself the grief of later.


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Old 29.09.2011, 02:50
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Re: Should I go to ER/Casualty?

Yes! Go! I cut my finger with a rolling cutter and was hesitant but finally I went. Turns out it was much worse than I thought. Better safe than sorry.
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