How to Close a Wound During First Aid

In times of emergency, knowledge of First-Aid is absolutely essential. If you, someone you love, or a random bystander is ever injured, every second matters. Wounds, especially, can be dangerous, resulting in heavy blood losses that may lead to serious consequences. Schooling yourself in First-Aid is easy and takes very little time. In the end, it is well worth your while to comprehensively understand emergency procedures.

Steps

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    Stock a First-Aid kit wherever possible. You should always have a First-Aid kit handy in your home and in your car. If your child plays sports or you go on a family vacation, bringing a First-Aid kit is also advisable. Standard stocked First-Aid kits are usually readily available at your local pharmacy at rather reasonable prices.
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    Halt the bleeding immediately. In the case of a scratch or scrape, bleeding will normally stop itself not long after the cut is sustained, so washing the wound off is the first step in such an instance. However, for a more serious open or puncture wound, stopping the bleeding immediately is of the utmost importance. Quickly grab a clean cloth or towel and apply it gently to the wounded region. Hold it there until the bleeding cedes. If the blood loss is not impeded or begins to spurt, please call Emergency Services immediately.
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    Clean the wound with cool water once the bleeding has stopped. Never apply any antibiotic until the wound is cleaned out. Use tweezers to remove any dirt or artificial shrapnel that remains in the wound. Then run water over it once more to insure sterility.
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    Deposit a thin layer of antibiotic cream on the wound. Neosporin is usually mom's choice, so it may be the best choice for you, too. Some people prefer to apply iodine, hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol to the wound--though the latter two will sting quite a bit and should never be applied immediately to any raw or especially deep wound.
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    Dress the wound properly with a bandage. If the wound is smaller, just use a standard Band-Aid. If the wound is rather large, though, you may want to use a large bandage with tape or a strip of gauze.
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    Change the wound's dressing often. Give the wound air from time to time, but always redress it with a brand new bandage, along with some fresh antibiotics.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Preventing infection in the long-run should always be the primary goal of properly dressing a wound. If you happen to notice consistent swelling, redness or incessant heat, you may have an infection and should visit a physician immediately.

Warnings

  • If your wound is extremely large or serious, please seek emergency medical attention. If your wound stops bleeding but is deep and open, consider getting stitches.


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Categories: First Aid and Emergencies