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Cleaning a Cut

We’ve all gotten cuts before, that’s just part of life. But have you ever thought about how to properly clean a cut? It can sound minor, but an improperly cleaned cut can lead to infections. BSA CareXpress Urgent care has a few tips on how to properly clean a cut.


  • Wash your hands before trying to handle a cut, if cleaning a cut on another human like your child, wear disposable gloves to protect yourself and the other party.

  • Make sure the party is affected party is lying down and stable.

  • After the bleeding has stopped, clean the wound by running it under tap water, saline, or by using an alcohol-free wipe. Avoid using antiseptic as this can damage the skin

  • Cover the wound with a sterile dressing such as a bandage or plaster. Apply pressure to the wound to staunch the flow.

  • If blood soaks through the bandage, leave it in place and apply another one. Keeping pressure on the wound

  • If the wound is somewhere where it’s unlikely to come into contact with dirt or clothing, leave it uncovered so it heals faster. If you're not sure, cover it with a sterile bandage or gauze making sure.

How do you tell if a cut is serious enough to require medical attention? Here are a few signs to look for that the cut may require serious medical attention.

  • The wound is caused by an animal or human bite

  • The wound is long and/or spurting blood

  • Something is embedded in the wound

  • You can see fat or bone in the wound

  • You haven’t had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years

  • You start to run a fever

  • You're not sure how serious the cut is


For all your minor medical needs, come to your nearest BSA CareXpress Urgent Care!

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