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Cuts and Wounds First Aid- Kit, Home Care, What to Expect

By Max Team in Emergency Medicine

Feb 14 , 2022 | 1 min read

A cut or laceration is a break or opening in the skin. The cut may be deep, smooth, or jagged. It can be near the surface of the skin or may have affected deep tissues. Often, we sustain injuries, which result in mild to severe bleeding. Stopping the bleeding is extremely important to avoid severe consequences.

What to Expect

  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Problems with function
  • Painful below the wound site

When to Rush to the Doctor

  • Bleeding does not stop
  • Pale skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid pulse
  • Diminishing alertness
  • The cut/wound is larger than 3 to 4 cm or it is deep
  • Swelling around the wound
  • Yellow discoloration/pus

Home Care

  • Wash hands before giving first-aid.
  • Apply direct pressure to stop external bleeding using a clean cloth
  • Wash the wound using lukewarm water and anti-septic soap in case of mild to moderate bleeding
  • Apply ice packs around the wound 
  • Cover the wound with another clean piece of cotton cloth if the bleeding is too heavy
  • Seek medical care to prevent tetanus (in case the injury is caused due to friction with some object or soil)

A First-Aid Kit for Cuts & Wounds Should Include

  • Sterile Adhesive Bandages in Assorted Sizes
  • Sterile Gauze Pads of Different Sizes
  • Adhesive Tape & Band-aid
  • Cotton Buds & Cotton Roll