Minor Open Wounds: Best Practices for First Aid Care
THINK of a time you've fallen and scraped your knee or elbow, what do you do?
We all know rubbing alcohol hurts, but is it effective?
The purpose of this mini-lesson is to inform you of the best practices for taking care of minor open wounds.
By the end of this mini-lesson, you will be able to:
Recall best practices for first aid care of small open wounds
Identify common misconceptions in first aid care
Most of us have applied alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to small open wounds because our mothers or someone very involved in how we were raised told us to. Let's begin with a quick question to see if we practicing best first aid care by doing this.
What should we first clean an open wound with?
soap and water
What did Aunt Lucy say about keeping wounds covered? ( Please answer BOTH statements before pressing submit)
We should keep scrapes or wounds covered
Scrapes and wounds need to be aired out always
Bring on the band-aids!
We are supposed to rip off bandages
First Aid Care: Let's get to the Basics
Minor Open Wound Care - Part 1: Is it going to sting?
Believe it or not, applying cool running water and mild soap is the best way to clean an open wound.
You have to rinse the wound for at least five minutes to remove dirt, debris, and bacteria.
After you've washed your wound properly, remember to keep it moist!
Keeping wounds moist:
Speeds up healing
Prevents bandages from sticking
A thin layer of antibiotic ointment prevents infection on a clean wound as well.
Minor Open Wound Care - Part 2: Look at my bloody scabs!
First and foremost, you should clean your wound before putting on a band-aid or bandage.
Now, take a look at all the potential benefits of bandages on wounds:
Protect the area from rubbing against clothing, dirt, and bacteria so wound heals faster
Reduce the risk of infection
Help hold the edges of a cut together (apply adhesive strips across the width of the wound, not lengthwise)
We should keep our wounds
Minor Open Wound Care - Part 3: Ripping off the bandage!
If you are wondering why it's better to peel off the bandage slowly and gently, it's because ripping a bandage off too quicklyrisks pulling off the scab or reopening the wound.
Here are some tips to remove bandages stuck to your scab:
1. Soak in warm water to soften scab
2. Gradually pull bandage in same direction as hair growth (this avoids tearing hair around wound)
Are You Ready to Take Proper Care of Those Minor Open Wounds?
Check your understanding
The best way to clean minor open wounds is with . We should keep our wounds moist to healing and bandages from sticking to wounds or scabs. By keeping our wounds , we are helping it from our clothing and bacteria; thus risk of infection. Finally, if we DON'T take our bandagesslowly and gently, we pulling up the scab, or the wound.