Wounds

Wounds

An opening or break of the skin caused due to any injury is known as a wound. Wounds need first aid for proper healing and to avoid infections.

I. Minor wounds

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Clean the wound properly with water.
  • If there is bleeding, control it by applying pressure on the affected area.
  • Dry the affected area with sterile cotton swab or tissue.
  • Applying an adhesive dressing or bandage.

II. Foreign bodies in wounds

  • Splinters
    • Wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Clean the affected area with water.
    • Using sterilized tweezers, pull out the splinter at the same angle as it’s entry.
    • Clean the area after removing the splinter.
    • Apply an adhesive dressing.

CAUTIONS:

  • If the splinter breaks in-between or does not come out easily, follow first aid as for embedded objects.
  • Embedded objects
    • Wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Control bleeding by applying pressure on the surrounding area and not directly on the wound.
    • Cover the wound and the surrounding area lightly using a bandage to avoid infection.
    • Arrange for medical help.