First Aid for Common Cuts

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Cuts and scrapes are a normal part of life, especially if you have kids! Generally, small cuts and abrasions will heal completely on their own without much help, but there are a few instances where first aid is required.

MEDIUM SIZED CUTS

It happens to the best of us – slicing a thumb in the kitchen while chopping the veggies, or catching our finger with a box cutter. Tiny cuts just warrant a few choice swear words and maybe running the cut under water. For bigger cuts, there are a few first aid steps you need to take:

  • Place pressure and a bandage or towel directly over the wound to stem the bleeding. If bleeding soaks through, do not remove the towel, but place another one on top.
  • Once bleeding has been controlled, wash the wound with mild soap and water. Do not wash with iodine or hydrogen peroxide as this can also damage the healthy tissue.
  • Cover the wound with antibiotic cream and place a bandage securely on top. Change the bandage every day – wounds heal much more quickly if they are dry and exposed to air. Having the same bandage continuously in place promotes a moist environment for bacteria to grow.

WHEN SHOULD I SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION?

If you notice any of the below, go and see a medical professional immediately as you may require stitches or further treatment:

  • Jagged or gaping edges of the wound.
  • Debris or other foreign material embedded in the wound that can’t be flushed out.
  • Redness or a discharge coming from the wound. This, also with the patient experiencing a fever, are signs of an infection.
  • The wound is numb.
  • If the patient has not had a tetanus shot for over 5 years.

First aid is so vital in circumstances like these, as without proper care, an ‘everyday’ cut could quickly turn into a life-threatening situation. To take one of our fun and interactive (we promise!) first aid classes at Varsity Lakes or Coomera, book online at https://www.firstaidae.com.au/first-aid-courses/first-aid-course-inlcuding-cpr 

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