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Minor cut - first aid

Procedure, part 1:
Procedure, part 1

To treat a minor cut at home first wash your hands thoroughly with soap to avoid infection. Next wash the cut with mild soap and water.



Procedure, part 2:
Procedure, part 2

Apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding.



Procedure, part 3:
Procedure, part 3

Apply an antibacterial ointment to coat and protect the wound.



Procedure, part 4:
Procedure, part 4

Once the wound has stopped bleeding cover it with a bandage that will not stick to the injury.




Review Date: 1/1/2013
Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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