Treating a regular scrape or cut is a bit different from treating a puncture wound, especially if it’s serious. Now, we’re taking a closer look at how best to treat a puncture wound, and when to go to the emergency room if needed.
How to Treat a Small Puncture Wound
If the puncture wound is minor, then you can treat it effectively at home. If you need a tetanus shot due to what pierced your skin, though, you’ll want to set up an appointment for treatment.
The first thing you’ll want to do with a minor puncture wound is remove the object. Make sure that there nothing left of the object in the wound, and that a piece hasn’t broken off. If it’s a splinter, place cellophane tape over the object and then pull the tape off. Usually, it will come out with the tape. If that doesn’t work, use either tweezers or a needle, though be careful to not push the object further into the wound.
After removing the object, allow the wound to bleed freely for five minutes. This helps the wound clean itself out. If there’s been a lot of blood loss beforehand, though, then stop the bleeding sooner. Apply pressure to the wound and then check your symptoms to see whether or not you should see a doctor.
After, you’ll want to clean the wound so as to avoid the chance of infection. Since puncture wounds are more likely to become infected, this is an important step. Wash the wound with large amounts of cool water and soap. Do not use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or mercurochrome. After cleaning, apply a bandage if need be.
Large Puncture Wound Treatment
For more-serious puncture wounds, you’ll want to first assess the wound. If the wound is serious enough because of its location or depth, then leave the object that caused the puncture wound in place. Instead, stabilize the object by either holding or taping it in place. You’ll also want to splint the nearby limb to keep the object from moving. Then, you’ll want to seek medical attention immediately.
First Aid Supplies for Wounds
If you’re looking for first aid supplies to deal with a puncture wound, then 1st Aid Supplies has you covered. We carry a full range of supplies and kits for your needs, whether you happen to be at home, at work, or even traveling in your vehicle.