- Thorough cleansing of the wound with soap and water for five to ten minutes.
- Direct pressure with a clean dressing to stop bleeding.
- The application of a clean dressing and transportation of the patient to the nearest hospital or physician.
No. It has been found that these substances do more harm than good. The best insurance against infection is a thorough cleansing or a period of five to ten minutes with ordinary soap and tap water.
Will the application of ice to a bruise or contusion tend to lessen the amount of hemorrhage into the tissues?
Yes, but it should be remembered that damage can result if the ice is applied for too long a period of time. Ice should be applied for no longer than twenty minutes at one time and then discontinued for a similar period.