How should I care for a closed abdominal injury?

To care for a closed wound to the abdomen:
  • While keeping the injured area still, apply cold to the affected area to control pain and swelling.
  • Carefully position the person on his or her back with the knees bent, if that position does not cause pain.
  • Keep the person from getting chilled or overheated.

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