Wash away any dirt, splinters, shards of glass and other objects that could have got into the wound. Wash it clean using liquid soap or a wound cleanser, including around the wound; otherwise bacteria from the skin or the surroundings can cause an infection. Dry the skin around the wound using a clean compress or a cotton wool pad.
Important! You should not wash large and/or very dirty wounds, bite wounds or burns yourself. Simply place a protective bandage that stops the bleeding over the wound, and go to the nearest health centre/hospital for treatment.
Wash and clean the wound first and then press the edges together. Keep the injured site elevated and press on it using a clean compress or cotton wool pad until the bleeding stops. Try to pull the edges of the wound together by attaching a plaster on one side of the wound and stretching it over the wound. You can sometimes use a small amount of surgical tape to pull the edges of the wound together. Leave the plaster/tape on for a few days to give the gap in the wound time to heal.
If it is a deep wound, particularly on your hands, you should always seek medical attention. A deep cut must be stitched within 6 hours. If you have cut your hand or a finger close to a joint or tendon, it is important to see whether you can move all the joints in your fingers. If it is extremely painful, or if you cannot move your joints, you must seek medical attention immediately.