How to remove a splinter

Splints are common injuries, especially in those undertaking outdoor activities or DIY. If a splinter is embedded deeply, difficult to remove or on a joint then leave it in place and seek medical attention. 

Removing simple splinters

Otherwise, simple splinters can be removed as follows:

  • Carefully clean the area with warm soapy water to minimise the risk of infection. 
  • Using a pair of clean tweezers, grip the splinter as close to the skin as possible. Gently
    pull the splinter out at the same angle that it entered.
  • Gently squeeze around the wound to encourage a little bleeding. Wash the wound
    again, then dry and cover with a dressing.
  • Ensure tetanus immunisation is up-to-date, medical attention may be required if not to ensure a booster shot is given
  • Monitor the area for evidence of infection (warmth, redness and pain). If these signs/symptoms develop then seek urgent medical attention


John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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