can be caused by punctures and/or cuts to the body or by abrasions. In either case, the protection offered to the body by the skin has been breached. Without immediate treatment, the body is open to infection and to potentially serious consequences.
on a pair of hypoallergenic disposable gloves.
a large sterile dressing (3'' x 3'' or 4'' x 4'') and press it onto
the wound to stem the bleeding.
possible, elevate the injured part.
the injury continues to bleed through the dressing, add more
the bleeding has stopped, bandage with a
gauze bandage roll or adhesive tape
you clean the wound, apply a thin layer of an antibiotic cream or
ointment such as Neosporin or Polysporin to help keep the surface
make the wound heal faster, but they can reduce
the chances of
infection and help the
body's natural healing process.
an object is embedded or impaled in the wound, do not remove it –
stabilized it with additional bandages to prevent movement
a part of the body has been amputated:
John's Ambulance states NOT to wash or soak the amputated part. The
American Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross are silent on this
consensus appears to be not to wash or soak the amputated part. All
state that the body part should be wrapped in clean gauze or cloth
and then placed in a waterproof container such as a plastic bag.
the bag with the body part cool – but do not place the body part
in direct contact with ice.
the body part with the victim and ensure it goes with ambulance or
puncture wound can lead to serious infection so the victim should ask
about receiving a tetanus shot. If you don't
know whether you're due for a tetanus shot, don't take any chances.
Speak with your doctor. If the injury is from a human or
animal bite, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
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