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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.