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Steps to Dressing a Wound

Getting any sort of wound on your body is extremely serious and will require immediate attention. The sooner that the wound is taken care of, the faster it will heal without any consequences. In order to get the wound healed up nicely, you should follow the correct steps when dressing it.   

Types of Wounds
Luckily, most of the wounds you will get are superficial and will not cause any major damage. With a superficial wound, the deeper layers of skin stay intact, which keeps you from losing too much blood. Most of these wounds are caused by a scraping of the skin, resulting in a shallow cut. Lacerations, however, are much more serious than superficial wounds, as these wounds go all the way through the skin and enter the fat tissue underneath. With these types of wounds, the bleeding is usually more severe and rapid. The final type of wound you may come across is a puncture wound. These wounds are usually caused by a sharp object which enters the body in one place. Bleeding is minimal and you may not even notice the wound at first.

Treating Wounds at Home
If the wound is a superficial one, you will most likely be able to care for it at home. In order to dress this type of wound, you should first stop any bleeding which you have immediately. Do this by pressing down on the wound with a cloth or napkin. This is imperative because the bandage will not stick to the wound correctly if the wound is still bloody. Once the bleeding has stopped, wash the wound out thoroughly with soap and water. You want to clear away any germs which might be inside the wound that can cause infections. After you have thoroughly cleaned it out, apply a sterile bandage to the area. This bandage should be changed and the wound should be washed daily, in order to help the healing process.

More Serious Wounds
If the wound is a laceration greater than a 1/2 inch long, you should see your doctor for treatment. The doctor will use a stronger disinfectant and will determine if you need stitches in the wound. Once the wound has been taken care of, you may need to change the wound dressing. When you are changing the dressing, you must take care to keep the wound clean. Slowly undo any adhesive (e.g., surgical tape), and carefully remove the dressing from the wound. At this point, the doctor may instruct you to clean the wound out, and you should do so according to his instructions. When you are ready to replace the wound dressing, make sure to use a sterile piece of gauze which has some air flow to it, and completely cover the wound. Tape the gauze down on your skin so no dirt can get into the cut.

If bleeding from a wound continues for more than five minutes, or if blood is spurting, seek emergency care immediately. While awaiting care, keep area raised above heart level and apply pressure to the wound, after removing any glass or objects from the area. Try to keep gaping edges together, and if the bandage becomes soaked, do not remove. Reapply additional bandaging around the original bandage.

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