Wash 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 desired.
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 minutes, or
- the wound becomes infected. Signs of infection include redness, swelling, heat, or white, yellow, or green drainage.