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In the following situations, do not try to remove an object from the
wound. Seek medical treatment immediately.
If the object has fallen out or has been removed, always check to see
if the object that caused the wound is intact. If part of the object is still
in the wound, it is usually best to have it removed by a doctor.
If possible, take the broken object with you. Objects made of organic material,
such as wood, may not be visible on X-ray and can be hard to remove, even
by a doctor.
If the object is small and sticking out of the wound or visible in
the wound, remove it with clean tweezers. Use care not to push the object
farther into the wound. Bleeding may increase when the object is removed. If
the object is hard to remove, leave it in place for removal by your doctor.
When an object is left in a wound, the chance of infection increases
and the wound may not heal. Suspect that an object is still in the wound
June 6, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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