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Should I call 9-1-1 for someone with an open wound?

Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately for any major open wound.

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Are there times when I shouldn’t use a bandage?
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You should only use a bandage if your wound is an area that might get dirty or become irritated ...
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How can I help my loved one care for their wound?
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You can help your loved one to care for their wound by keeping their wound clean and bandaged. Encou...
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What should I do if my wound starts swelling?
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How Do I Treat a Wound?
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