First aid and safety

Injuries can happen in an instant. They can leave behind large or small wounds, but they always mean blood, risk of infection and pain. And that is precisely what first aid needs to focus on.

First aid for bleeding wounds

If you consider an injury serious, you should call a medical expert. But, as a first responder, you will still need to act. Blood loss and pain can cause shock, which is why the injured person should sit or lie down. Next, assess the wound. If the wound is bleeding, apply pressure using a clean and dry bandage towel or handkerchief for several minutes.

What to do:

Graphical representation of hand washing as a wound treatment step in the Leukoplast wound care advisor.

1. Wash your hands:

Wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
Graphical representation of a running tap to illustrate the rinsing of the wound as a wound treatment step in the Leukoplast wound care advisor.

2. Clean the wound:

Clean the wound carefully with lukewarm tap water. Carefully pluck small pieces of grit or wood from the wound using sterile tweezers.
Graphic representation of a hand absorbing fluid with a cloth to illustrate drying of the wound as a wound treatment step.

3. Dry the skin:

Pat the area dry with a clean towel.
For treatment steps for different kinds of wounds have a look at our wound advisor.

Your next priority is to stop any bleeding since it is the source of the greatest immediate danger. An adhesive bandage is enough for smaller wounds, while bigger wounds require sterile compresses or a dressing pack. A compression dressing should be placed on wounds that are bleeding heavily.

But don’t forget your own safety: if you are treating a heavily bleeding wound, wear disposable gloves to protect against infection.