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* If possible, '''leave blisters intact'''. Damage to a blister increases the risk that the burn will become infected.
=== Cuts ===
* '''Avoid major blood vessels'''. Arteries carry blood at high pressure from the heart: if you puncture one, this will cause life - threatening bleeding. Punctured veins can also lead to heavy blood loss.
** It’s safest to cut the '''fleshy parts of the body''', e.g. the outer arms, the outer thighs, or the calves.
* Try to use '''straight-edged blades'''. Injuries with jagged or serrated edges will heal more slowly and be more prone to infection.
== Bruising/blunt force injuries ==
* The safest places to bang or hit are the '''fleshy parts of the body''', e.g. the outer arms, thighs or calves.
* Areas where the '''bone is close to the surface''', such as wrists, collar bones or hipbones, present a higher risk of fractures.
* Try to '''avoid joints''' (e.g. elbows, knees, ankles), as damage to the tendons here could affect mobility.
* Apart from the spine, the '''upper back is relatively safe''', but a blow to the '''lower back''' could cause '''injury to the kidneys'''.
* Blows to the '''front of the abdomen''' could also '''injure internal organs'''.
* It is extremely '''dangerous to hit the spine or the back of the neck''': this could cause injury to the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis or even death.
== Overdoses/poisoning ==
* It is not possible to state a ‘safe’ overdose of any drug, since each person’s reaction will be different.
* Even if you '''previously took an overdose''' with no obvious permanent damage, you '''cannot assume it will be safe to take the same quantity again.''' The previous overdose may have damaged your liver, leaving it less able to deal with the toxins.{{cite|National Self-Harm Network, 'Cutting the Risk'; Accessed: 2020-09-17|external|}}


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