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First Aid for Cuts

Cuts without severe bleeding that do not involve tissues deeper than the skin should be cleansed thoroughly. There will be some contamination which should be removed before the injury is dressed and bandaged, especially if medical attention is delayed. Removal of foreign material in muscle or deep tissue should always be carried out by a physician.
1. To cleanse a wound, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Use ordinary hand soap or mild detergent.
2. Wash in and around the victim's wound to remove bacteria and other foreign matter.
3. Rinse the wound thoroughly by flushing with clean water, preferably running tap water.
4. Blot the wound dry with a sterile gauze pad or a clean cloth.
5. Apply a dry sterile bandage or clean dressing and secure it firmly in place.
6. Caution the victim to see a physician promptly if evidence of infection appears.