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How should I care for a wound with an embedded object?

  • If an object, such as a knife or a piece of glass or metal, is embedded in a wound, do not remove it.
  • Place several dressings around it to keep it from moving.
  • Bandage the dressings in place around the object.
 
  • If it is only a splinter in the surface of the skin, it can be removed with tweezers.
    • After removing the splinter from the skin, wash the area with soap and water, rinsing the area with tap water for about five minutes.
    • After drying the area, apply an antibiotic ointment to the area if the person has no known allergies or sensitivities to the medication and then cover it to keep it clean.
    • If the splinter is in the eye, do not attempt to remove it. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

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