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Should I call 9-1-1 for someone with a closed wound?

Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number if:
  • A person complains of severe pain or cannot move a body part without pain.
  • You think the force that caused the injury was great enough to cause serious damage.
  • An injured extremity is blue or extremely pale.
  • The person’s abdomen is tender and distended.
  • The person is vomiting blood or coughing up blood.
  • The person shows signs of shock or becomes confused, drowsy, or unconscious.

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