Any simple accident can cause a wound; this type of injury can be superficial, so we can attend to them at home or deep and of greater severity, requiring immediate medical attention. Having clear steps to heal a wound and the first aid measures that we must follow is essential to guarantee our well-being or that of the person we are caring for. That is why at FastlyHealwe explain in detail how to act in the face of this type of injury to heal or treat them until a doctor can take over.
Steps to follow:
First, and before doing anything to heal the wound, we will wash our hands with soap and water and, if possible, we will put on surgical gloves. If we do not have them, we must ensure that our fingers do not directly touch the wound as we risk promoting an infection.
The second step in healing a wound is to wash the area and assess the damage. The ideal is to use a gauze soaked in physiological saline to clean the lesion, but if it is not available, you can use a gauze or a clean cloth soaked in water. Using paper or cotton is not recommended as these materials can leave residue on the injury.
Once the wound is clean, it is essential to assess the damage. If the injury contains pieces of some material, do not remove it, it could be serving as a plug to prevent bleeding; in these cases, it is best to go to a medical center immediately. If the injury is causing bleeding and a lot of blood is coming out of the wound, it is essential to try to contain the bleeding and go to the emergency room for medical attention.
When cleaning the area, we will proceed from the inside of the wound to the outside; the process must be carried out with energy but without abruptness, trying to drag out possible impurities, such as dirt, sand, or dirt in general, with the movement. Remember that if you detect the presence of an extensive material within the injury, it is best to see a professional.
If the bleeding is abundant, we will place gauze or cloth on the wound and press with the palm; when it is soaked, we will place another gauze or fabric on top without removing the first one and continue pressing until the bleeding stops. It is essential not to remove the material in contact with the wound so as not to break the layer forming on the skin, which will help stop the bleeding.
When the wound is clean, we will pat it dry and apply an antiseptic to it to help prevent infection.
If the hygienic conditions surrounding us and the place where the wound has occurred allow it, it is better to remain in the air to promote its healing; if not, we will cover it with a gauze trying to change it often.
These steps to heal wounds refer to minor and superficial injuries for which it is not necessary to go to a medical center. If it is a deep or large wound, it is best to see a medical professional. It is also recommended that a specialist treat the injury if:
- The bleeding does not stop despite trying to compress the wound.
- The wound contains materials inside, such as glass, metal, etc.
- It is a severe injury in delicate areas such as the eyes, neck, abdomen, or genitals.
- If the affected person is a child under one year of age, an older adult, a person with blood clotting problems, diabetes, or a compromised immune system.
- When the affected person shows clear signs of shock, is very cold, or loses consciousness.
- When the injury has been produced by a metallic object that could be rusty or due to the bite of an animal.
- If, after the wound has healed, it presents persistent redness, pain, oozes pus or fluid, or has a foul odor.
This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.
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I am a Surgeon with a diploma in comprehensive ultrasound and surgical care residency, an area I am specializing in. During the exercise of my profession, I have realized the need for patients to know the diseases they suffer, and I can tell you that a large part of their complications is due to a lack of information. Being a health web writer allows me to transmit my experience, without borders, to all those readers eager for knowledge, educate them in the prevention of diseases and promote a healthy lifestyle.