First Aid
Wounds
 

Overview:

Wounds are the most common injuries among people. Applying appropriate first aid to open wound can reduce the risk of infection and speed up the healing process.

Wounds First Aid:
  • Prior to cleaning or dressing the wound, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, then use disposable rubber gloves.
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  • Remove jewelry from the affected part of the body.
  • Apply direct pressure on the cut or wound to stop bleeding, while avoiding wrapping around the wound site; as this may lead to tissue damage.
  • Rinse the wound after bleeding stop, using saline solution if possible, and if not available, drinking water can be used.
  • Examine the wound, and remove any contamination or any embedded foreign body.
  • Gently, clean around the wound, using clean water and soap.
  • Place a sterile gauze pad over the wound, but if it is contaminated, as in case of biting (e.g. as a dog bite) or needle contamination, the wound should be left open.
  • Taking analgesics, such as: ibuprofen; to relieve pain, and change the bandage every 24 hours.

When to see a doctor?
  • If the wound has an embedded foreign body, such as a piece of wood, metal, or any other object.
  • If the wound is caused by an animal bite or a contaminated needle puncturing the skin.
  • If a wound infection occurs, and its symptoms include severe pain, swelling and redness of the wound, wound drainage (pus), and high body temperature.
  • If infection symptoms were shown in the blood, such as breathing problems, high  heart rate, high body temperature, shivering, sweating, and severe pain.

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