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First aid for cuts and wounds

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before treating the wound.
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    Wash your hands thoroughly before treating the wound.

  • Gently brush away any foreign object on the surface, such as gravel or sand.
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    Gently brush away any foreign object on the surface, such as gravel or sand.

  • Clean the wound and surrounding area, wiping away from the wound, using sterile swabs, warm and sterile water, and a mild antiseptic.
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    Clean the wound and surrounding area, wiping away from the wound, using sterile swabs, warm and sterile water, and a mild antiseptic.

  • Pat dry the skin around the wound but do not wipe away blood clots.
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    Pat dry the skin around the wound but do not wipe away blood clots.

  • Apply a sterile, non-adherent dressing, if necessary.
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    Apply a sterile, non-adherent dressing, if necessary.

  • Stop any bleeding by applying direct pressure.
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    Stop any bleeding by applying direct pressure.

  • Cut away or remove the clothing around the wound.
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    Cut away or remove the clothing around the wound.

  • Carefully clean the wound if it is not bleeding and apply a sterile dressing.
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    Carefully clean the wound if it is not bleeding and apply a sterile dressing.

  • If the wound is dirty or caused by a rusty object, a tetanus toxoid injection may be needed.
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    If the wound is dirty or caused by a rusty object, a tetanus toxoid injection may be needed.

  • If a limb is affected, raise it, unless you suspect a fracture. Seek medical aid.
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    If a limb is affected, raise it, unless you suspect a fracture. Seek medical aid.

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