What is the first aid treatment for a small cut?

First aid for a small cutThe first aid treatment for a small cut is very simple but important! Small cuts and grazes can be entry points for infection so it is important to treat a small cut correctly.

Here’s our suggested first aid treatment for a small cut or graze:

Stop any bleeding

Your first aim is to stop any bleeding. Even small cuts can bleed quite a lot! Use direct pressure over the cut and elevation to slow down and stop bleeding. 

Clean the cut

It is important to ensure the cut is clean before covering with a dressing. You can use antiseptic wipes or running water & gauze to clean a cut.

If you cut is heavily contaminated then you will need to seek additional medical attention to clean out the cut.

Cover with a sterile dressing

Covering the cut with a dressing such as a plaster or adherent dressing will protect the area from germs and infection. Ensure you choose a dressing large enough to cover the cut. 

Be warned – some people can be allergic to plasters.

When applying the dressing try not to touch the sterile pad with your hands!

Seek medical attention if concerned

Seek medical attention if:

  • The cut is large
  • The cut is contaminated/dirty
  • The bleeding does not stop
  • The area starts to show signs of infection (pain, swelling, redness, pus)



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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