A wound is a general term used to describe injuries that break the skin or other body tissues.
CUTS AND WOUNDS
A wound is a general term used to describe injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. A Cut is a forceful injury to the skin, causing the skin layers to break open. It is caused by a sharp object or surface. In our everyday life, some people accidentally cut themselves with household items, work tools, or machines. Some minor cuts and wounds can be treated safely by administering basic first aid to the casualty, while other serious cases that won’t stop bleeding requires professional medical treatment.
Some situations require you to contact emergency medical services such as:
- If the cut or wound is on the face of the casualty.
- If there are traces of particles or dirt in the wound.
- If the wound shows any sign of being infected–such as redness, tenderness, thick discharge, and if the person is having a fever.
- If the wound is as a result of an animal or human bite.
First Aid for Cuts
If the cut is severe and you cannot get the casualty to a hospital right away, or while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive, you can provide first aid in the following steps:
- Stop the bleeding by washing the surface of the cut or wound with clean water.
- Apply pressure with asterile gauze or bandage.
- Use another bandage if the former one gets soaked in blood and keep applying pressure.
- Elevate the injured part to reduce the bleeding
- When the bleeding stops, cover the wound with a clean bandage.
AFTER FIRST-AID TREATMENT
- Keep the cut or wound clean
- Avoid activities around that body part.
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