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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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jeannie
last night i tripped on the boardwalk and fell. There is a cut above my right eye, my eyelids are swollen all around. bleeding stopped in 5 minutes, so did my nose bleed. but i suffer from swollen. what should i do? leave it to time? how long will the blackness and swollen go away?
jeannie  Saturday, September 07, 2013
Afghannurse
hi i'm a independent nurse, i have a patient suffered 1cm cut due to grinder machine, i've seen some debris inside. but i already remove the debris. should i inject my patient Tetanus toxoid?
Afghannurse  Monday, October 22, 2012
delreengeorge
You can clean a cut with saline water.
delreengeorge  Sunday, June 06, 2010
olgac
I cut my leg in an L-shaped wound.
The next day it started to bleed and I went to the emergency room.
They gave me antibiotics and dressed my wound. I left on a week's trip and have kept it dry and applied hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin cream and changed the bandage. It is healing on the upper part of the wound, but the lower part has bright red blood and is not mending. Also, dark blood is under the skin. Should I
continue to keep it dry and bandaged? What do you suggest? It will be two weeks tomorrow since I cut my leg.
olgac  Saturday, May 29, 2010
gunzzan
if the cuts is really deep and its infected than what shall we do?
gunzzan  Thursday, November 12, 2009
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