Clean with hand soap and water. “Hand soap” means the bar of soap
or liquid soap you use to wash your hands in the bathroom.
Gently dab with a clean wet cloth to get all the dirt out.
Remove any dirty particles or glass. Use tweezers that were cleaned
with rubbing alcohol. Cover with clean dressing like a Band-Aid® or
If objects or dirt are trapped in the wound, seek additional
Deep Cuts and Puncture Wounds
Wash with lots of hand soap and water.
Cover with a Band-Aid® or sterile gauze.
Control bleeding by applying firm hand pressure to a clean cloth
over the wound.
If blood soaks through the dressing:
Do not remove it. Apply more clean cloth on top and apply pressure.
Lay the injured person down and raise the wound above the level
of the person’s heart if possible.
For bleeding that will not stop, take the person to medical care
immediately or call 911.
When a splinter tip sticks out of the skin, wash your hands and the
splinter area with soap and water. Clean tweezers with rubbing
alcohol. Grasp the splinter end with the tweezers and gently pull
at the same angle the splinter went into the skin. Wash the skin
again with soap and water and cover it with a bandage.
When a splinter tip is under the skin, clean tweezers and a sewing
needle with rubbing alcohol. Using the needle, gently lift or break
the skin over the splinter and lift the tip. Grasp the tip with the
tweezers and pull it out. Clean the wound with soap and water and
cover it with a bandage.