First Aid Tips
Cuts and Scrapes
Small cuts and scrapes usually don't demand a visit
to the emergency room of your local hospital, but
proper care is necessary to keep infections or other
complications from occurring.
When dealing with minor
wounds, keep the following guidelines in mind:
1. Stop the bleeding
by applying pressure using a gauze pad or clean cloth.
If the bleeding persists after several minutes of
applying pressure, get immediate medical attention.
2. Keep the wound
clean by washing the area with mild soap and water
and removing any dirt.
Dry the area gently with a clean cloth, and cover
the wound with a protective bandage.
Change the bandage at least once a day.
If the wound becomes tender to the touch and red or
oozes fluid, see your doctor.
3. If your cut is
more serious and the bleeding does not stop on its
own or the cut is large, deep, or rough on the edges,
try to stop the bleeding by applying pressure directly
to the injury using a sterilized gauze pad or clean
Maintain pressure on the wound until the bleeding
Then consult your physician. A tetanus booster may
be required if you haven't had one for a while.