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Puncture wounds caused by the injection of a substance
under high pressure into the skin are serious injuries. High-pressure equipment
may be used for paint, paint thinner, grease, oil, fuel, or other liquid
solvents. Most high-pressure injection injuries affect the hands and fingers.
These injuries are at high risk for infection, swelling, underlying tissue
injuries, and possibly amputation. The risk of amputation increases if medical
treatment is delayed for 6 hours or more. Things that determine how severe an injection injury is include:
June 6, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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