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Cleaning a wound, properly

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Wound cleaning and treatment. Learn at a first aid course in Blacktown

Proper first aid can speed up the healing process and minimise infection

Wounds including minor cuts, lacerations, bites and abrasions can be treated with first aid.

A wound needs to be kept clean and moist in order to heal and you can learn this, and much more by enrolling in a first aid course in Blacktown or Sutherland

1. Control bleeding

2. Wash your hands

Ensure your hands are washed to prevent contamination and infection of the wound.

3. Rinse the wound

Gently rinse the wound with clean water or saline and remove any fragments of dirt or foreign material to reduce the risk of infection.

4. Dry the wound

Gently pat dry the surrounding skin with a clean pad or towel.

5. Replace any skin flaps if possible

If there is a skin flap and it is still attached, gently reposition the skin flap back over the wound as much as possible

6. Cover the wound

Use a non-stick or dressing or a dressing that has been moistened with saline or water to prevent sticking.

7. Seek help

Contact your GP, nurse or pharmacist as soon as possible for further treatment and advice to ensure the wound heals quickly.

8. Manage pain

Wounds can be painful, so consider pain relief while the wound heals. Speak with a pharmacist or doctor for advice.

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