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Today is a good date to practice first aid for wound treatment and wound healing. first aid kitWounds include cuts, scrapes, scratches and punctured skin. Wounds often occur as a result of an accident or injury, but surgical incisions, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but even cuts and scrapes require care. Below information will help to avoid infection and aid in healing of the wound:

  • Apply pressure with a clean cloth to stop bleeding
  • Clean the wound with water
  • Use an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
  • Bandage the wound if it's in an area that might get dirty
  • Watch for swelling and redness
  • Get a tetanus booster if you are due for one

Tetanus is a serious illness caused by tetanus bacteria. The bacteria live in soil, saliva, dust and manure. The bacteria usually enter the body through a deep cut, like those you might get from cutting yourself with a knife or stepping on a nail.

The infection causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking" of the jaw, which makes it impossible to open your mouth or swallow. If this happens, you could die of suffocation.

If you get tetanus, there is usually a long course of treatment. The tetanus vaccine can prevent tetanus but its protection does not last forever. Adults should get a tetanus shot, or booster, every 10 years. If you get a bad cut or burn, see your doctor -- you may need a booster.

Serious and infected wounds require medical attention. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, if you cannot close it yourself, if you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or if it does not heal.

Cuts and puncture wounds

A cut or laceration is an injury that results in a break or opening in the skin. It may be near the surface or deep, smooth or jagged. It may injure deep tissues, such as tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, or bone.

A puncture is a wound made by a pointed object such as a nail, knife, or sharp tooth.

Symptoms from a Wound

First Aid for the Wound

If the wound is bleeding severely, call 911.

Minor cuts and puncture wounds can be treated at home. Take the following steps.

clean bandageFOR MINOR CUTS

FOR MINOR PUNCTURES

DO NOT

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call 911 if:

Call your doctor immediately if:

The following types of wounds are more likely to become infected: bites, punctures, crushing injuries, dirty wounds, wounds on the feet, and wounds that are not promptly treated.

If you receive a serious wound, a wound care doctor may order laboratory tests, such as a blood test and skin cultures to check for bacteria.

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