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What’s the best way to treat a deep laceration?

Suffering a deep laceration on the job can be scary. Not only does this require immediate attention, but you realize that it could have a long-lasting impact on your physical wellbeing as well as your appearance.

There are many first aid steps you can take to treat a laceration. Above all else, you need to know when it's a good idea to call 911:

-- If blood is spurting out and can't be stopped.

-- If a cut is bleeding uncontrollably.

-- If the bleeding can't be stopped within five to 10 minutes of firm pressure.

Since it's better to be safe than sorry, don't hesitate to call 911 if you have any concerns about the injury.

First aid steps for treating a laceration include:

-- Immediately stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure.

-- Clean the area and protect it until a medical professional can provide treatment.

-- Immediately visit a health care professional who can provide treatment and advice on follow up steps.

There are many things that can lead to a deep laceration injury at your place of employment. For example, if you work with heavy machinery, this could happen at any point in time.

If you find yourself in this position, get the help you need without delay. Along with this, remember that the injury may keep you away from your job in the future. For this reason, you will want to learn more about filing a workers' compensation claim. This will allow you to receive money while you recover from your injury.

Source: Web MD, "Cuts or Lacerations Treatment," accessed Jan. 27, 2017

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