Tag: vaccinations

Bleeding

Definition:

This condition involves losing blood. This can occur internally (when blood leaks from blood vessels inside the body), externally through a natural opening (such as the vagina , mouth, or rectum), or externally through a break in the skin.

Alternative Names

Blood loss; Open injury bleeding

Considerations

Direct pressure will stop most external bleeding, and is the most important initial first aid.

Blood loss can cause bruises, which usually result from a blow or a fall. They are dark, discolored areas on the skin. Apply a cool compress to the area as soon as possible to reduce swelling . Wrap the ice in a towel and place the towel over the injury. Do not place ice directly on the skin.

Serious injuries don’t always …

Animal Bites

Definition

An animal bite can result in a break in the skin, a bruise, or a puncture wound.

Considerations

If the bite is a puncture wound, it has a greater chance of becoming infected.

Rabies is a rare, but potentially fatal, disease transmitted by the saliva of a rabid animal. If you believe an animal may be rabid, notify the proper authorities. DON’T go near an animal that may be rabid. Examples include a raccoon who is active during the day, a stray pet, an animal that is acting strangely, or one who bites unprovoked. Be particularly cautious with bats. Some doctors believe that any potential contact with a bat, even simply seeing a bat in your house, requires a rabies vaccination.

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