If you are injured at work, what you do depends on the nature and severity of your injury. If the injury is severe, you should attend the Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.
An injury may be severe if it is:
- a fracture, dislocation or amputation
- a deep open wound or dirty cut
- a burn which produces blisters more than 7 cm in diameter, encircles your finger or covers a substantial part of your hand or wrist
- bleeding copiously
- extremely painful
- obviously swollen or deformed
- infected (there is tenderness, warmth, redness, swelling and/or pus)
If your injury is less severe, you should visit your GP for a direct referral to a hand surgeon. This can help you avoid a potentially lengthy visit to the hospital emergency department. If you would like to be referred to one of our hand surgeons at The Hand Centre, print this document and take it with you.
Less severe injuries include:
- most simple fractures and dislocations where the skin is unbroken
- most lacerations where bleeding is easily controlled with direct pressure
- sprains and strains
- most fingertip crush injuries
If you are unsure about what to do, contact your GP or call the Hand Centre for advice.