Cuts - First Aid and Emergency Treatment Guide

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First Aid-Cuts

  What is Cut?

  • An injury due to opening in the skin
Minor Cuts / Scrapings
  • No treatment is required 
  • Care required to prevent infection

Treatment for Minor Cuts
  • Clean wound with water

  • Treatment for Minor Cuts: Clean Wound with Water

  • Avoid soap 
  • Remove dirt/debris in the wound
  • Apply antibiotic ointment 
  • Dress/ bandage the wound 

  • Treatment for Minor Cuts: Dress / Bandage the Wound

  • Change dressing daily
  • Minor cuts stop bleeding in10 min
  • Apply gentle pressure if bleeding persists
Deep cuts
  • May bleed heavily
  • May expose underlying tissues
Treatment For Deep Cuts
  • May require stitching 
  • Requires Tetanus Toxoid (TT) if: 

    Treatment for Deep Cuts: Tetanus Toxoid

    a. Cut is dirty or has debris 
    b. TT taken 5 years ago
  • Consult a doctor in case of: 
    a. Delayed wound- healing 
    b. Pus Discharge 
    c. Fever 

  • Treatment for Deep Cuts: Fever

Points to note
  • Do not try to clean a major wound
  • Do not remove deeply- lodged debris
  • Do not breathe on an open wound
  • Do not push back exposed body parts 

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