Print
Hits: 12916
What is the first–aid treatment for lacerations, abrasions and contusions? Should antiseptics such as alcohol and iodine be poured over abrasions, contusions, or lacerations?
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.