Basic First Aid

How to Clean, Treat, Protect Wounds

Proper care and treatment for a wound from the very moment it occurs is imperative for proper wound healing. The makers of BAND-AID® Brand of First Aid Products recommend the following three step treatment process for wound care.

Cleaning a Wound

Proper cleansing helps prevent infection and is an important step in caring for your wounds.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly when touching a cut or scrape.
  • If you are caring for a wound that is not yours, make sure to use gloves to protect against disease transmission.
  • Stop bleeding by applying pressure to the cut or scrape.
  • Clean cuts and scrapes with mild soap and water. Pat dry with a sterile gauze pad.

Treating a Wound

Antibiotic ointments can help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. Follow your physician’s wound care treatment instructions and the directions on packaging when applying any antibiotic ointment.

Keep an eye out for signs of infection until a cut, scrape, or burn is completely healed. These signs include:

  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Swollen glands
  • Swelling around the wound
  • Red streaks leading from the wound
  • Throbbing pain
  • Pus
  • Fever

If any of these signs appear, call your doctor immediately.

Protecting a Wound

Follow these signs for properly protecting cuts, scrapes, and burns during wound healing:

  • Cover the injured area completely with a first aid cover like a gauze pad or non-stick pad.
  • Use first aid medical tape to firmly secure the pad on all four sides and to help seal out dirt and germs.
  • Keep the wound covered and change bandages as directed by your doctor.

Keeping a wound protected and covered is extremely important for proper wound healing. For years, people have believed that keeping wounds uncovered to let them air out helps them heal faster, however extensive research has proven this treatment to be untrue. It is very important to clean, treat, and protect a wound using first aid products as quickly as possible and here is why…

A covered wound…

  • Heals free of dry exudates
  • Sterile wound covers like BAND-AID® Brand CUSHION-CARE™ Gauze Pads excessive wound's fluids. Skin cells are able to migrate without the interference of a scab — to form new, smooth tissue
  • Has less chance of getting infected

Enjoys superior protection

An uncovered wound…

Dries out and forms a scab

  • Scabs impede the healing process by creating a barrier between healthy skin cells. The cells have to work their way under the scab in order to form new tissue and heal.
  • Has a greater chance of scarring
  • Scabs formed from leaving a wound uncovered often result in unwanted scars.
  • Has a greater chance of re-injury
  • The extra cushioning provided by wound covers protects wounds from re-injury until they are completely healed. For extra cushioning and protection, place BAND-AID® Brand Cushion Care Gauze Pads over a cleaned wound, wrap BAND-AID® Brand of Flexible Rolled Gauze over the gauze pads, and secure in place with BAND-AID® Brand TOUGH Cloth Tape.
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