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Health Tip: Caring for a Deep Cut

-- If you or someone else has gotten a deep cut, it's important to stay calm and administer first aid.

The American College of Emergency Physicians offers these suggestions for treating a deep cut:

  • Hold a clean cloth or bandage against the wound, and apply steady pressure.
  • At the same time, hold the injured area above your heart (unless a limb is broken).
  • If your bandage becomes soaked, leave it there and apply a fresh bandage on top of the old one.
  • Try to gently rinse the cut with tap water only -- no antiseptics or soap.
  • If after five minutes the cut continues to bleed, if the cut is very deep or wide, if it's located on the head, or otherwise looks serious, seek immediate medical attention.
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Posted: February 2009