Cuts and burns

Cuts and Burns PDF

Minor injuries to the skin are often ignored. But remember that the skin is a vital organ and injuries should not be ignored. Maintain a well-stocked first aid kit in your work area.

To treat any cut, first stop the bleeding and then treat to prevent infection. Place sterile gauze over the wound and hold it until the bleeding stops. Apply pressure continuously. When bleeding has stopped, wash the cut with soap and water, followed by a disinfectant. After the cut is clean, look for any foreign object(s) in the cut and remove them. Cover with a bandage, if necessary.

First aid treatment for burns involves relief of pain, infection prevention and treatment or prevention of shock. If a burn begins to blister, cool it by placing your hand or foot in cold, still (not running) water. An ice pack will need to be administered on any other part of the body. Gently clean the burn and cover the area with sterile, non-stick gauze. Remember to never puncture a blister. This just opens the door for infection.