Emergency medical question: potential nerve damage?
September 26, 2012 4:20 PM Subscribe
After a deep cut to the hand, what are the proper precautions to prevent nerve damage?
posted by jef to Health & Fitness (8 answers total)
My friend cut his hand pretty bad, across all four fingers, maybe to the bone. The immediate short-term issues (e.g. bleeding) have basically been addressed, but at this point he is worried about potential long-term effects. One finger feels numb, like when your leg goes to sleep, and although he can move all four fingers, there are some places where he says he has no feeling if you touch it.
Being in a smallish city in China with generally low quality medical care, he is going to try to get to a bigger city with a more modern hospital, but there are some additional complications and it may be a day before he arrives. The question is how serious is this likely to be (he is worried about potential nerve damage, and the future use of his hand, or even potentially losing a finger or something), as well as what specific things he can/should be doing right now to ensure the best possible outcomes, until he can make it to the hospital. Thanks.