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First Aid For Wounds

What is the first aid treatment for wounds?

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  • AKathleen Handal, MD, Emergency Medicine, answered

    The following is the first aid treatment for externally bleeding wounds: 

    • Do not apply a tourniquet unless trained to do so.
    • Do not push anything back into the skin.
    • Do not apply antibiotic cream unless wound is minor and cleaned first.
    • Do not remove blood-soaked bandage.
    • Do not put pressure on an object sticking out of a wound.
    • Do not use pressure points nor elevation.


    The following is the first aid treatment for major wounds:

    • Call for medical help.
    • Apply continuous firm, direct pressure to wound, using clean cloth or bandage until bleeding stops.
    • If bleeding soaks through bandage: Do not remove the original bandage. Apply more bandages and pressure.
    • Get medical help to cleanse and close the wound.
    • Monitor and treat for shock if present.


    The following is the first aid treatment for minimally bleeding wounds:

    • Clean the wound with soap and clean running tap water.
    • Apply continuous firm, direct pressure to wound until bleeding stops.
    • Once the bleeding stops, apply antibiotic ointment. Cover with dressing.
    • If bleeding soaks through bandage do not remove the original bandage.
    • Apply more bandages and pressure.
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