Guidelines for taking care of minor wounds such as cuts or scrapes
Wound care cleaning tips
Step 1 - Wash your hands
Wash your hands with a hygiene soap to help avoid infection.
Step 2 - Stop the bleeding
Usually minor wounds stop bleeding on their own. If not, you can apply gentle pressure by using a sterile bandage or a clean cloth and elevate the wound.
Step 3 - Clean the wound
Use clean water to rinse the wound. Clean around the wound with a diluted antiseptic liquid and cotton wool. Cleaning the wound with an antiseptic liquid can help reduce the risk of infection.
Step 4 - Cover the wound
A bandage or Band-Aid® plaster can help to keep the wound clean and keep harmful bacteria out, but if it is a minor scrape or scratch, leave it uncovered.
Step 5 - Change Band-Aid® Plaster
Change the bandage or Band-Aid® plaster at least once a day or when the bandage or Band-Aid® plaster becomes wet or dirty.