The skin is a vital part of the body that provides protection against infections and diseases. Once the skin has a cut, scrape or abrasion, it makes the internal organs and the bloodstream vulnerable to germs and bacteria. This is the reason why it is vital to properly wash and protect any cuts and scrapes on the skin.
Cuts and scrapes must be properly bandaged so that the bleeding is controlled right away. The pressure of the bandage is enough to stop the bleeding in minor cases. Additionally, wounds that are bandaged properly typically heal faster and less likely to develop scar tissue. Even though some simply apply a bandage on wounds, it is important to provide proper care and apply the bandages correctly. Always remember that once wounds are cleaned and cared for, it will heal faster once bandaged.
Adding supplies to your first aid kit or medicine cabinet
Take note that not all bandages are created the same. With this in mind, it is important to select bandages carefully and keep your first aid kit or medicine cabinet adequately stocked. Bandages are available in different sizes and the gauze pads on them must be covered with a non-stick material.
You should also look for flexible bandages in different sizes. They are ideal for body parts that require movement such as elbows and fingers. These bandages are comfortable and are more secure than the regular adhesive bandages.
Butterfly bandages are also important and suitable for keeping small cuts closed especially those that are less than an inch long. These bandages stop the bleeding by compressing the sides of the separated skin and minimizing scarring.
An antibacterial cream is also an essential. After cleaning a cut or scrape, it must be applied to prevent infections as well as keeping the wound moist as it heals. Other essentials to include are elastic wraps, medical tape and a roll of sterile gauze.
Cleaning and applying bandage on wounds
Always bear in mind that all wounds should be cleaned properly even though they are minor. You have to be careful in cleaning the wound using warm water and antibacterial soap. The area around the wound must also be cleaned and rinse until foreign particles are removed.
Once the wound is thoroughly cleaned, pat the area dry using a sterile gauze and use bandage that is large enough to cover the area. In doing so, once the bandage is removed, the adhesive will not damage the injured skin.
If the bandage that was first applied is soiled with blood, you have to change the bandage until the bleeding stops. The bandage must be changed on a daily basis. You can remove the bandage before taking a bath. It should be properly dried using a sterile material and cover it again with a clean bandage of the same size.