How to deal with cuts, grazes and bleeding

Bleeding always causes panic as it usually looks far worse than it really is. Read the information below on how to deal with minor cuts and grazes and more severe bleeding.

Cuts and grazes are a common type of injury and can be easily treated at home. Cleaning them thoroughly and covering them with a plaster or dressing is all that is really needed. Oh and some good old fashioned TLC.

However, if the cut or graze is bleeding heavily or is on a particularly delicate area of your body you need to stop the bleeding before applying a dressing. You can do this by applying direct pressure to the wound with a piece of clothing, towel, or simply your fingers until a sterile dressing is available. If the cut is to the hand or arm, raise it above the head. If the injury is to a lower limb, lie down and raise the affected area above the level of the heart. This will encourage the bleeding to slow down and eventually stop.

To dress the wound firstly wash and dry your hands and if possible wear disposable gloves. Clean the wound under a running tap to remove any grit or other similar items that should not be there. Do not use antiseptic wipes as it can damage the skin around the wound causing more pain and slowing down the healing process. Following this pat the area dry with a clean towel and then apply a sterile dressing.

Some cuts and grazes can be serious so knowing when to seek help is important. You will need to pay a visit to A & E if;

  • You are bleeding from an artery
  • The bleeding won’t stop
  • You start to loose sensation around the area
  • You’re in severe pain
  • There is a foreign object in the wound

You will also need to seek medical help if the wound has become infected or you think it is infected.

Bleeding is covered in our one day Emergency First Aid at Work course. If you would like to learn more then get yourself booked onto a course.

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