What is the first aid treatment for a small cut?
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)