1. Stop Bleeding
Apply direct pressure on the cut or wound with a clean cloth, tissue, or piece
of gauze until bleeding stops.
If blood soaks through the material, don’t remove it. Put more cloth or gauze on
top of it and continue to apply pressure.
If the wound is on the arm or leg, raise limb above the heart to help slow
Wash your hands again after giving first aid and before cleaning and dressing
Do not apply a tourniquet unless the bleeding is severe and not stopped with
2. Clean Cut or Wound
Gently clean with soap and warm water. Try to rinse soap out of wound to prevent
Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or iodine, which can damage tissue.
3. Protect the Wound
Apply antibiotic cream to reduce risk of infection and cover with a sterile
Change the bandage daily to keep the wound clean and dry.
4. When to Call a Doctor
The wound is deep or the edges are jagged or gaping open.
The wound is on the person’s face.
The wound has dirt or debris that won’t come out.
The wound shows signs of infection, such as inflammation, tenderness, or a thick
discharge, or if the person runs a temperature over 100º F.
The area around the wound feels numb.
Red streaks form around the wound.
The person has a puncture wound or deep cut and hasn’t had a tetanus shot in the
past five years, or anyone who hasn’t had a tetanus shot in the past 10 years.