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If the cuts are numerous, but not all of them are benign. Follow the advice of manual medicine specialist Marc Rozenblat to react correctly.

No wound is trivial » Marc Rozenblat immediately announces when we talk to him about these cuts to the hands which – often because of a recalcitrant oyster – unfortunately punctuate our lives in the kitchen. ” The smallest can sometimes be the most serious. If it is very superficial, everything is fine. But a simple oyster knife can touch nerves, tendons… you risk necrosis and amputation. OK, but how do you proceed when the damage is done?

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No tourniquet and no disinfectant

First of all, ” compress the wound, but avoid making a tourniquetwhich could cause necrosis. “In addition, and even if it may seem counter-intuitive, do not rush on disinfectant:” firstly because it can damage the tissues, but also because its presence can hinder the surgeon in the event of an intervention. And know that bleeding keeps tissue alive. Moreover, when you cut your hand, you don’t lose enough of it to die. »

Contact the emergency services

The next step ? Picking up what unfortunately sometimes needs to be picked up: “ skin, nail, fingertip: put everything in a bag, and place it in another bag, filled with ice. The fabrics and the ice must not be in contact. »

Then, call the emergency services by dialing 15 on landlines and the 112 on laptops. ” Better to dramatize and consult for nothing or almost, because the longer you wait, the more complicated an intervention becomes. It’s important, the hand! »

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