CUTS AND BRUISES

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CUTS AND BRUISES

A cut is a slit or break on the skin caused by sharp objects such as razor blades, broken glass and knives while bruises are caused by blunt blows.

Prevention

– Store sharp objects safely.

– Use and care for knives appropriately.

– Dispose off empty tins, broken bottles and other sharp objects e.g. by burying.

– Keep doors of cupboards, wardrobes and drawers closed.

– Household items should be kept in their appropriate places.

Management

Cuts

– Clean the wound with clean water or a weak antiseptic solution.

– Cover with sterile gauze or a pad of cotton wool and bandage.

– For a deep cut, press onto the wound with a pad of cotton wool and bandage.

– Raise the wounded part if it is a limb to reduce pain.

– Seek medical attention.

Bruises

Cool the bruised part with very cold water or dab with a cloth soaked in cold water.

Raise the injured part if a limb to cut down amount of blood flowing into it so as to reduce the swelling.

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