First Aid Box

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Minor Cuts and Grazes

Wash the wound thoroughly with water and a little soap.

To stop bleeding apply a clean handkerchief or dressing firmly to the wound for about five minutes. Cover with a clean, dry dressing.


Firstly apply a cold compress, containing ice if possible, for 15 to 30 minutes. A bag of frozen peas is ideal for this. This will reduce blood flow to the sprained area and, therefore, minimise bruising and subsequent swelling. Apply, firmly, a crepe bandage and give the sprain plenty of rest until the discomfort has subsided.

If possible, keep the sprained joint raised. This will make it more comfortable and less swollen.

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