Cuts and grazes
Cuts and grazes are common injuries that can
usually be treated at home. A cut is when the skin is fully broken,
and a graze is when only the top layers of skin are scraped
Usually, all you need to do is clean the cut
or graze to reduce infection and apply pressure and raise the
injury to stop the bleeding. The wound should heal by itself in a
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If the bleeding doesn’t stop, or if there’s a
foreign object in the cut, or you think it might be infected, then
you should tell them to see a health care professional.
What to do - Cuts and grazes
Clean the wound by rinsing it under running water
or using alcohol-free wipes.
Pat it dry using a gauze swab and cover it with
sterile gauze. If you don’t have these, then use a clean,
Raise and support the part of the body that’s
injured. If it’s a hand or arm, raise it above the head. If it’s a
lower limb, lay them down and raise the cut area above the level of
the heart. This will help stop the bleeding.
Remove the gauze covering the wound and apply a
If you think there’s any risk of infection then
suggest they see a health care professional.