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Wounds include cuts, scrapes, scratches and punctured skin. Wounds often occur as a result of an accident or injury, but surgical incisions, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. To avoid infection and aid healing

  • Apply pressure with a clean cloth to stop bleeding
  • Clean the wound with water
  • Use an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
  • Bandage the wound if it is in an area that might get dirty
  • Watch for swelling and redness
  • Get a tetanus booster shot if necessary

Serious and infected wounds require medical attention. Individuals should also seek medical attention if the wound is deep, if you cannot close the wound, if you cannot stop the bleeding, if you cannot get the dirt out, or if the wound does not heal.

For additional information on ID CARE Wound Care Programs, please click here.

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