First Aid for Deep Cuts

  posted by: Dennis

 

Cuts are medically termed as laceration, and they happen as a result of a break in the skin tissues. Breaking of the skin tissue may be due to a variety of reasons but mostly because of trauma or injury brought about by external forces such as usage of sharp tools like machineries, cooking utensils like knife, and other sharp tools.

Lacerations may be categorized into superficial and deep cuts. Generally though, most cases do not require a trip to the hospital. However, it should be prompted first aid treatment immediately to avoid further dangers and complications like infection, excessive bleeding, and shock. So, if you are the responder and you’re faced with the bloody situation, you might be wondering how to apply first aid for deep cuts. How do you go about dealing with it? Take our tips below.

First Aid Treatment for Deep Cuts

It is always the basic step for superficial to deep wounds with mild to moderate bleeding to be washed with water and mild soap. However, for extra deep wounds, try not to wash it as there may be any debris which should be removed only by the doctor. Instead, here’s what you can do:

  1. Control bleeding by applying pressure on the site. Compress using sterile gauze is beneficial. You can also elevate the area of affectation above the level of the heart to reduce or eliminate bleeding. However, this is contraindicated to head and eye injuries as well as wounds with debris left on them.
  2. Bandages should be applied to support the cuts as well as to prevent underlying infections. Bandages should be snugly fit so make sure that it’s neither too tight nor to loose.
  3. Watch out for signs of shock if you are the first aid responder. Prepare to perform CPR when the patient becomes unconscious.

Medical treatment should always be an option when it comes to treating severe cuts as it may be either stitched especially when muscles seem to protrude. On the other hand, tetanus toxoid injection is also given to eliminate chances of infection. But if you opt for home care treatment, you have to watch out for signs of infection such as delayed healing, fever, and pus.

 

 

 

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Date: July 14, 2011 | Category: General Health
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