First Aid Tips: Cuts and Abrasions
Based on a module
by Fred Mednick from the Connexions website’s Health Education
Introduction by Dr. Don Rose, Writer, Life Alert
This brief article gives useful advice on how to handle cuts and abrasions, which
are often the byproduct of falls. Falls are unfortunately quite common among the
elderly, so this article is of particular relevance to those 65 and older. --Don Rose
Here are the main steps for dealing with cuts on your body:
- Cleanse area thoroughly with soap
and warm water, carefully washing away any dirt.
- Apply direct pressure to wound until
- Put sterile bandage on wound.
- If cut is deep, get to a doctor
as quickly as possible.
HAHANDLING ABRASIONS (SCRATCHES)
Now here are the main steps for dealing with abrasions:
- Wash thoroughly with soap and warm
- If it bleeds or oozes, bandage it
to protect it from infection.
SISIGNS OF AN INFECTED WOUND
Attending to a cut or abrasion fast will help prevent infection.
However, sometimes an infection can still occur; here are the main signs to look
- may cause fever
- presence of pus.
If a wound is infected, or you just think it might me, get medical attention right
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