FIRST AID tips: CUTS & ABRASIONS
Most small cuts and scrapes
don’t require a visit to the doctor.
Follow these five steps for simple wound care:
Stop the bleeding
Apply gentle pressure with a piece of gauze or tissue
If blood soaks through, don’t remove the gauze, simply place another piece on top
Continue the pressure, elevating the area if possible, for up to 20 or 30 minutes.
Once the wound has stopped bleeding, gently wash around the area with water (hydrogen peroxide,
iodine and alcohol can irritate skin) and remove any debris with alcohol-sterilized tweezers, then rinse.
Consider applying antibiotic cream
Apply a bandage
An uncovered scrape or cut is more prone to infection, so keep bacteria at bay with a bandage.
Change bandages daily or if the bandage becomes dirty, wet or leaks.
See a doctor
Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any
questions regarding a medical condition.
First Aid Tips
Don't let a minor injury slow you down! Basic advice for 10 common wounds.
A Mother's Musings
Our resident Mom peels back the curtains of life on the home front - injuries, mishaps, joys and all.
How It Works
See 3M innovation at work in our product anatomy lessons.