What to do when you cut yourself on a glass
Glass is a part of everyday life; from drinking glasses to open windows, glass is all around. As a result, there is always a chance that it will break. In that, invent cuts are a real possibility. Whether the cut is big or small, it is always best to treat it immediately. A glass cut can go deeper than you realize and can cause big problems if not looked after right away. Glass cuts and bleeds have the possibility of shattering and causing more cuts and injuries. That’s why it is important to know what to do when you encounter a cut or bleed that has resulted from glass and a step-by-step look at what to do if it does happen.
Scrape excess shards
You want to get as many shards of glass out of your cut as possible, so the wound doesn’t get infected. To do this, you can use a wooden spoon to scrape the glass out of your cut. Make sure you are careful not to cause more damage to your wound while doing this. After removing the glass, you can use a piece of gauze to remove any remaining dirt or bacteria from your cut and put antibiotic ointment on it. After you’ve cleaned and applied antibiotic ointment to your cut, cover it with a bandage. You can use medical tape to protect the gauze if you need it. For a more in-depth look at how to take shards out of the body safely, check out the Mayo Clinic and their guide on removing glass from the body.
Clean your cut with alcohol
The first step when you cut yourself while slicing a wine glass is to clean the wound with rubbing alcohol from your First Aid kit. Make sure you are not using isopropyl alcohol, which you should not use on broken skin. Cleaning the wound with alcohol will help you avoid getting an infection. Cleaning the wound with alcohol will sting and be uncomfortable, but it’s necessary for two reasons. First, it will help kill bacteria that could lead to an infection, and second, it will help the other items in your First Aid kit seal the wound and prevent scarring. After cleaning the wound, use a bandage to cover your finger and stop the bleeding.
Apply antibiotic ointment and a bandage
Put antibiotic ointment on your cut before covering it with a bandage. This will help prevent infection. You might want more than one bandage if you’re covering a large cut. After putting the bandage on your wound, you can use medical tape to help hold it in place. Ensure the tape isn’t too tight but just enough to hold the bandage in place. After you have put the bandage on, make sure to wash your hands. This will help keep germs out of your cut. If you have a cut on your hand, you also want to keep it elevated. This will help prevent blood from pooling in your hand and causing swelling.
Put on a bandage
You can get a sterile bandage from your First Aid kit. Learn how to wrap your wound correctly if you want to minimize scarring. If wrapping a child’s finger, ensure you don’t wrap it too tightly. If your cut is too deep to put a bandage on it without applying too much pressure, skip the bandage and go right to putting on an antibiotic ointment and a dressing. When wrapping your finger, it is important to ensure the bandage is not too tight. Otherwise, it can cause permanent damage to your finger, including the bones and nerves. You also want to ensure the bandage has no strings on it. If it does, those strings can get caught on items and cause the bandage to come off.
Call for help
If you cut yourself on glass, which is deep or has shards in multiple places, do not try to treat it yourself. You could cause a serious infection, which could lead to scarring or even amputation. Call a doctor or visit an emergency room to see if you need antibiotics. But it is a good idea to keep a First Aid kit at home for on-the-spot treatment. All the information here is just a general guide. If you want to learn more about what you can do when someone is injured with glass, then it is best to seek First Aid training. First Aid courses are available all over Australia, so check your local area for certification. You can find kits at most shopping centers and chemists. They usually include bandages, alcohol pads, antibiotic ointment, gauze, and other items you might need to treat a cut. Keep the kit near your sink, where you prep fruits and vegetables, so you can easily access it when you cut yourself.
In the end
Next time you accidentally cut yourself, don’t panic. Remember these simple steps, and you will be fine. You can also keep a First Aid kit at home with all the items you might need to treat a cut. But if the cut is deep or has multiple shards, call (000) or head to a hospital for emergency treatment.
What to do when you cut yourself on a glass