Minor cut - first aid
Procedure, part 1
To treat a minor cut at home first wash your hands thoroughly with soap to avoid infection. Next wash the cut with mild soap and water.
Procedure, part 2
Apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding.
Procedure, part 3
Apply an antibacterial ointment to coat and protect the wound.
Procedure, part 4
Once the wound has stopped bleeding cover it with a bandage that will not stick to the injury.
Last reviewed 1/4/2011 by Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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