First Aid Tips For Knife Cuts

First Aid for Cuts

Kitchen knives are sharp. If you don’t pay attention you could slip and slice your finger instead of that carrot.

If you do get cut while using a kitchen knife, here’s how to treat the wound:

Clean it with soap and water. Apply pressure to the cut with a clean cloth or bandage for a few minutes to stop the bleeding. If you bleed through the cloth, place another one on top of it.

Use antibacterial ointment. If it’s a minor wound, dab a little of this over the cut. Cover the area with a bandage or gauze pad and adhesive tape.

Go to the emergency room if the bleeding is severe or doesn’t stop after five to 20 minutes of direct pressure. If the cut is longer than one-half inch, has jagged edges, becomes inflamed, or oozes fluid, you’ll need to see your doctor, too.

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