Use a bandage to cover cuts, scrapes, and superficial skin injuries to improve healing conditions and help prevent infection. Keep your first-aid kit stocked with a selection of bandages to cover different wound sizes.
If you are bleeding from a wound in one of your extremities (hands or feet), raise the wound above heart level, and, using a clean cloth, apply direct pressure to the wound. If the wound is elsewhere on the body, consider lying down as you continue to apply pressure. If the bleeding does not significantly diminish within 5 minutes, seek medical attention.
Once the bleeding has subsided, clean the wound in order to eliminate bacteria and debris:
The purpose of applying a bandage is to keep the wound moist, accelerate healing, absorb any discharge, and increase comfort. Change the bandage if it gets dirty or wet. Before applying a new bandage, gently wash off any blood or dried secretions with water. If the bandage is stuck to the wound, run water over the bandage to help dislodge it without causing it to bleed or to prevent further damage.
There is a multitude of bandages on the market. Although there is no perfect bandage, here are some tips to help you find the one that is best suited for your needs:
Your pharmacist can help you choose the bandage that best suits your needs.
4. Medical consultation
You should see a doctor for any of the following types of wounds (you may need a tetanus shot if you are not up to date. Tetanus vaccinations are good for 10 years).
For more information on first aid and first-aid kits, speak to your pharmacist. They are there to help you and your family.
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