Friday, August 26, 2011

Sana, Sana, Colita de Rana

If you work with glass it is inevitable you will get cut. Lord knows I've had my share of scraps. Common sense is the best preventative medicine to keep you clear of anything other then a superficial cut. But even ordinary cuts and scrapes deserve attention. If it happens to you this it what it boils down to:

Stop the bleeding.  No matter how engrossed  you are in your project stop. Apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or bandage. Most minor cuts stop bleeding on there own with in a few minutes but if it doesn't consider it a sign to seek medical attention. 

Clean the wound. Rinse out the wound with water.  Use a pair of tweezers cleaned with alcohol to remove any offending glass splinters.  Thorough cleaning reduces the risk of infection. After you clean the wound, you may decide to apply a thin layer of an antibiotic cream or ointment to discourage infection. 

Cover the wound. Bandages can help keep the wound clean and keep harmful bacteria out. After the wound has healed enough to make infection unlikely, exposure to the air will speed wound healing. Change the dressing at least daily or whenever it becomes wet or dirty. Signs of infection (i.e. redness, increasing pain, drainage, warmth or swelling) are red flags to seek medical attention.

I'm no doctor. These are the common sense things mom taught use when we scrapped our knees as kids and it still applies. Don't just take my word for it.  If in doubt seek assistance. Keep a first aid kit handy with all the things you may need to treat minor cuts and scrapes like; bandages and butterfly tape, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, finger cots, etc. Any good boy scout will tell you to be prepared.
Sana, sana
Colita de rana
Si no se sanas hoy
Sanaras manana

1 comment:

J.Crabbit said...

Great advice. I used to have a notebook page documenting where all the scars on my hands were from.