If you can remember your ABCs, you can easily remember the first aid basics. The ABCs stand for airways, breathing, and CPR. But what about first aid for cuts?
If someone needs first aid for a cut, how do you treat that cut? What kind of bandage do you use?
But understanding how to do first aid cuts can be very helpful for you or someone else, especially if someone has a deep cut and they are bleeding profusely.
Here’s a guide on how to treat first aid cuts that can make you better skilled and better prepared on what to do.
Stop the Bleeding
One of the first things you need to do when you or someone you are treating has a cut is to stop the bleeding.
If you don’t stop the bleeding and wrap it, it can leak through the bandage.
The best way to stop the bleeding is to put pressure on the cut or the wound. You should use a clean cloth to put immediate pressure on the wound.
You can also use gauze to stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure.
Rinse The Cut and Wrap It
After the bleeding has stopped, you should rinse the cut and then wrap it with gauze.
You should rinse it because it helps clean out the wound, especially if it was cut by something that may cause infection. It’s important to rinse all particles and germs out of the cut.
If the cut is deep, it should especially remain wrapped to avoid any infection and to reduce the risk of reopening the wound.
If the cut is not deep, you should consider not putting a wrap on it so it can dry out and heal properly.
Don’t Forget to Apply Ointment
Another consideration when you do first aid for a cut is to apply an antibiotic ointment that will prevent infection.
You can use Neosporin, Bacitracin, and other antibiotic ointments. The value of an antibiotic ointment is that it helps avoid infection as soon as the cut is open.
You will want to apply it as soon as the bleeding stops and then wrap it with gauze after.
To also avoid infection and continue applying antibiotic ointment, you should rewrap and reapply the ointment a couple of times a day. It will help the wound heal more quickly.
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Now You Know How to Do First Aid for a Cut
How to do first aid for a cut can give you insight on what to do and prevent someone from going into shock. You can take action and stop the bleeding, wrap it if necessary, and avoid the wound getting infected.
It’s important to know these skills because if the cut is untreated, it can lead to sepsis, which is an infection of the skin.
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