|Self Help for Minor Injuries
If you are injured, please come to Health Services promptly for treatment.
If you are injured on the weekend or in the evening, please see our listing
of Wellness Resources.
minor cuts with soap and water. After the bleeding stops, apply a dry
sterile dressing, such as a band-aid. Antibiotic creams can be used
If the bleeding does not stop, apply direct
pressure with a sterile gauze to the wound for a full five minutes (do
not peek to see if the bleeding has stopped!). If bleeding continues,
apply direct pressure and seek medical care.
Clean the wound and apply a new dressing daily.
Keep the wound clean and dry and change the dressing if wet or soiled.
Seek assistance at Health Services or Medical
Care if :
- the edges of the wound do not come together,
- the wound is deep,
- there is debris in the wound,
- the bleeding does not stop within five
- the wound becomes infected.
Signs of infection include redness, swelling, heat, or white, yellow,
or green drainage.
- Cool the
burn with cold water.
- DO NOT apply ointments, oils, or sprays to
a serious burn.
- If clothing is stuck to the burn, DO NOT
- Cover with a sterile dressing like a band-aid.
- Burns to the hands, feet, or face are considered
serious and require medical attention.
- Sunburns can also be cooled with cool water
or compresses. Severe sunburns may require medical care.
minor sprains or strains – use R.I.C.E.
Rest the Injured part of the body.
Apply ice packs to the injury for 20 minutes every 3-4 hours for the
first 24 hours.
Wear an elastic bandage or splint wrapped firmly (but not too tightly)
to minimize swelling.
Raise the injured part above your heart to prevent swelling.