Minor wounds

Nearly all of us will have suffered a minor wound  at some point in our lives. There are some simple first aid steps you can take if someone has suffered a minor wound:

  1. Wash your hands and wear gloves

  2. Clean the wound thoroughly with antiseptic wipes or saline

    Caution: Do not remove any embedded objects (e.g: glass) – seek medical advice if there are any objects in a wound

  3. Cover the wound using a clean dressing (plaster, non-adherent pad etc.). Check that the casualty is not allergic to plasters!


Most minor wounds will heal with time. However, sometimes they can become infected. You should watch out for signs and symptoms of an infected wound:

  • Increasing pain
  • Area around the wound become red, swollen and warm to touch
  • The wound starts producing discharge / pus
  • The casualty develops a temperature / fever

Below is an example of an infected minor wound (click on the photo to enlarge). You can clearly see the area around the wound has become red and swollen. The wound is also producing a yellow discharge.

Infected cut



If you suspect a minor wound has become infected then you should seek urgent medical attention.

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid & CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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