Symptoms may include profuse bleeding; swelling and redness of injured tissue.
Get professional medical help immediately.
If victim is fixed to object (impaled), cut it off at a safe distance from skin. Immobilize object with
thick dressings made from sterile pads or clean cloths secured in place with first aid tape, a belt or a
If object is protruding from victim, DO NOT move it. Immobilize object with thick dressings made from sterile pads or clean cloths secured in place with first aid tape, a belt or a bandage. Do not apply bandage so tightly that breathing is restricted.
If object penetrates chest and victim complains of discomfort or pressure, quickly loosen bandage on one side and reseal. Watch carefully for recurrence. Repeat procedure if necessary.
If breathing problems develop, begin rescue breathing techniques immediately
Follow this treatment for shock if necessary.
Maintain an open airway. If victim vomits gently turn head to side.
Keep victim warm and lying flat. (In cases of head or chest injuries, with no chance of broken neck or back, elevate head and shoulders 10 inches higher than feet if possible.)