Wound First Aid: Taking Care of Minor Cuts and Scrapes
Whether you’re living alone or with a family, it’s important that you know the right way to treat a minor wound or scrape to prevent infection and other complications from affecting the wound area. This guide will help you through the simple process of wound first aid.
- Step 1: Wash your hands with soap and clean water (to avoid infection).
- Step 2: Stop the bleeding by applying gentle pressure on the wound with a clean cloth or sterilized gauze.
- Step 3: Place the wound under running water to clean. Use soap to clean around the affected area. Use sterilized tweezers to remove any dirt or debris. (Visit a doctor if you can’t remove all debris from the wound.)
- Step 4: Apply antibiotic cream or petroleum jelly onto the wound to keep the surface moist, which helps prevent scarring.
- Step 5: Cover the wound with a bandage or rolled gauze, which you can buy from any medical supply store in your area.
- Step 6: Remember to change wound dressings at least once a day to prevent infection.
- Step 7: Get a tetanus shot if you haven’t had one in the last five (5) years and if the wound you have is deep and dirty. You may visit a pharmacy in San Leandro, California, or contact your doctor for the shot.
- Step 8: Lastly, watch out for any signs of infection and inform your doctor immediately if you notice signs, such as redness, increasing pain, drainage, or swelling around the wound.
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