Open Wounds

Note: When blood is present, always wear disposable gloves.

General Care

Caring for a cut

1. Apply direct pressure with a clean, lint-free absorbent dressing or your
hand if one is not available.

2. If the dressing becomes blood soaked, apply a second dressing on
top of it.

3. Once bleeding stops, clean the wound gently with tepid water. It is very
important to get all debris or dirt out as it may cause an infection.

4. Apply a dressing that won't stick to the injured area itself but provides
protection to it. For example a dressing may be secured with tape or an
adhesive dressing with a padded centre may be used.

Caring for a large cut or laceration

1. Dial 111 for assistance.

2. Cover the wound with a clean, lint-free, absorbent dressing. Apply direct
pressure for approximately 10 minutes.

3. Elevate the affected area above the level of the heart.

4. If the dressing becomes blood soaked, apply a second dressing on top
of it. (Do not remove the first dressing).

5. If unable to stop bleeding, apply pressure at closest pulse point
between wound and heart, e.g. at the groin or upper arm,
depending on injury site.

6. Seek medical advice for assessment of the wound.