Treatment of Wounds
Treatment of Wounds:
Many times wounds can be treated at home. Treatment of wounds involves four important measures:
Stopping active bleeding: This is done by applying mild pressure over the wound surface with a clean cloth for 5-10 minutes. Usually it stops bleeding in most cases. Medical help should be immediately sought if bleeding does not stop.
Cleaning and removing any foreign body: Cleaningshould be done by using tap water or sterile saline or antiseptic solution.
Dressing: Open wound should always be dressed after applying an antibiotic cream and then covering it with a sterile cotton dressing. Dressing prevents secondary infections
Additional medical attention may be required based on the severity of wound, for example, deep incisional wounds may require surgical closure and severe internal injuries may require urgent medical help.
Most minor wounds are preventable by following basic safety rules. Children especially, should be informed of day-to-day safety norms. But, in case someone does get wounded, any condition where you think medical help may help heal the injury faster.