Quick Tip: Finger tip dermal avulsion injuries

Fingertip InjuriesQuick Tip: For finger tip dermal avulsion injuries the first step in caring for any minor wound is controlling the patient’s pain. As a means of anesthesia, have the patient dip the injured finger in 1% lidocaine with epinephrine for 5 minutes. One can pour 10-20 cc of this solution into a small medicine cup or urine specimen cup, and the patient simply soaks the afflicted finger. Epinephrine has the added benefit of vasoconstricting the troublemaking-little bleeders

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