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Cuts and Grazes: A Common Injury

Treatment Guide

Cuts and Grazes
A small cut or graze will generally heal easily with little complication. Initially a cut or graze will bleed, but this will subside and usually stop of its own accord. A graze may be contaminated with dirt or foreign objects (such as gravel) that will require removal prior to healing. If foreign objects are left in the cut or graze, healing will take longer.

 

Treatment

  1. Wash and dry your hands prior to commencing any treatment
  2. Rinse the wound carefully with water, try not to rub the affected area
  3. Pat area dry with a clean towel
  4. Carefully remove any small pieces of debris (grit or splinters etc)
  5. Cover the affected area with an absorbent dressing (eg. plaster)

Caution: Large foreign objects (such as glass, wood etc) seek advice from a healthcare professional – do not attempt to remove yourself, ensure you are up to date with your tetanus inoculations


Seek advice from a medical professional

A case for a medical professional: puncture wounds – especially involving foreign objects, animal scratches and bites, large burns and heavily bleeding wounds.