First Aid Tips : How to Treat a Puncture Wound

Uploaded by eHow on 10.11.2008

You know doing certain activities, many of us may sustain injury. Hi, I'm Captain Joe
Bruni and what I'm going to talk about is how to treat a common puncture wound. Puncture
wounds can be a result of fish hooks penetrating the skin or other types of objects that pierce
through the skin. Puncture wounds are very difficult to clean because of the nature of
their injury. The first step would be to assess the injury and normally, there won't be a
great deal of bleeding with most puncture wounds. The first step would be to use some
type of sterilize water to clean the affected area of any contaminants or blood that maybe
around the puncture site wound. Trying to reveal where the puncture actually has taken
place. Once the area is cleanse and cleared of any blood or debris, the puncture wound
can be treated by following these basic steps. First and foremost you want to increase a
little bit of bleeding because it cannot be cleansed properly. Something like a pair of
tweezers or hemostats can gently squeeze the skin to encourage a little bit of bleeding
to help flush that puncture wound of any dirt, bacteria or debris. After it has been cleansed,
take some type of sterile, if available, and if not, clean dressing and apply to the puncture
wound area and tape that dressing down with medical tape or wrap area or the dressing
in some type of cling or gauze. Puncture wounds are never a fun thing to have. Also, you may
want to consider having a tetanus booster or tetanus shot, if one has not been received
in the last ten years. I'm Captain Joe Bruni, stay safe and we'll see you next time.