12 Days of Christmas: Grazes & Cuts with The Grinch
Date: Friday, 07 December 2018. -
We’ve reached day 5 of our Christmas first aid special and the Grinch has managed to fit us into his daily schedule to tell us all about cuts and grazes.
Cuts and grazes are common injuries that can usually be treated at home. A wound is an injury to the skin and can be classified depending on what causes the injury. It is easy to ignore cuts and grazes, as they do not cause much harm, but it is important to realise that they carry the risk of infection.
A graze, also known as an abrasion, is a superficial wound that involves the removal of the top layer of the skin. Grazes are often caused by friction, meaning that there is a higher risk of foreign objects entering the wound and causing infection.
Whereas, a cut is typically caused by a sharp edge, which can result in increased blood loss and damage to underlying soft tissues.
How to treat cuts & grazes
With the Grinch’s unfortunate history of shaving mishaps, he is the perfect Christmas character to inform you on how to treat a cut.
Graze: Firstly, you must remember to clean the wound, to avoid any potential infection. You can do this by simply cleaning with water to remove any foreign objects. Pat the wound dry with a sterile swab and then cover with a dressing or a plaster.
Cut: Again, cleaning the wound should be a priority to eradicate any foreign objects. Warm water tends to be more comfortable as you clean the cut. Ensure that the wound is dry and then cover it with a dressing or plaster.
Spread this first aid knowledge far and wide through who-manity, so that everyone can safely treat a cut or graze and not wallow in self-pity, like the Grinch.
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