We’ve all had them, simple cuts and scrapes are a common first aid problem. There are some simple steps you should take:
Step 1: Stop any bleeding. You can elevate the wound or apply direct pressure using a sterile gauze swab/pad.
Step 2: Clean the wound using running water or antiseptic wipes. Dry with a sterile gauze swab/dressing.
Step 3: Ensure the area around the Infected wound is clean (no dirt, grit etc.)
Step 4: Cover with a sterile dressing/plaster.
Your main aim is to stop the wound becoming infected, so cleaning the area thoroughly is important. Infected wounds are often very red, swollen, painful and may have pus. As the Infected wounds develops you may develop a fever. If you see any of these signs you should seek medical advice.
One of the infection risks in any open wound is Tetanus. Tetanus is caused by Clostridium Tetani, a bacteria which lives in soil which can lead to muscle spasms, fever and sweating. The bacteria responsible for the often fatal disease tetanus. The word tetanus comes from the Greek word “tetanos” which means to ‘stretch’. Tetanus is characterized by rigidity and convulsive spasms of skeletal muscle. There is a vaccine course available so make sure you’ve had all your jabs.
If you’re unsure about anything, always seek medical advice.
Clean cuts and grazes thoroughly to reduce the risk of infection. Seek medical advice if concerned.