First Aid - first measures
Accidents can happen, and when they do it is important to keep a cool head. Not everyone is accustomed to seeing blood, and sometimes even something harmless such as cutting vegetables in the kitchen can lead to a deep cut that will bleed profusely. Knowing how to react and having a well-stocked first aid kit at home and in your car will help you be prepared.
YOU CAN‘T PREVENT ACCIDENTS,
BUT YOU CAN HAVE A GOOD
FIRST AID KIT AT HAND
8 Golden Rules of First Aid
Check whether your surroundings are safe. Don’t put yourself or the injured person at risk.
Decide if you or the injured person needs medical aid; ask for advice if not sure.
Reassure the injured person, if they are severely injured and under shock, and keep them warm. Stay with the injured person, keep them comfortable and don’t move them if you suspect an injury to the back or neck. Call for medical help in that case.
Tell the medical experts as much information about the accident and symptoms as you can. Also, if you know about allergies, blood group, vaccinations information or medical condition of the person (i.e. if they are on medication) let the medical expert aware.
Wash your hands before attending to the wound and wear disposable gloves to protect yourself and to prevent infections.
Clean the wound carefully, wiping away any dirt and grit. Use a clean cotton cloth with Elastoplast Wound Spray or rinse with cold water, then pat area dry before applying a clean dressing. Do not remove embedded objects, leave that to medical staff.
Keep your first aid kit up to date. Do not forget to replace any items you use from your first aid kit and check expiry dates regularly.
When do I need a doctor? When to seek medical advice.
We recommend to contact a medical professional in the following circumstances:
- if the wound is deep and causes major bleeding
- if the wound shows signs of infection such as redness, warmth, pain and swelling
- if there are embedded foreign objects
- in case of an animal or human bite or
- in case of contact with animal blood
- if the wound is in the area of the face
- if there is insufficient tetanus vaccination
and of course any time you have questions or are uncertain.
The golden rule for minor wounds:
Expert Tip - Why wound dressing?
“In every wound the protective function of the skin is impaired. The objective of wound dressings is not only to protect the wound, but also to enable conditions in which healing of the skin can proceed as undisturbed as possible, so that the skin’s healthy structure can be restored.
“A PLASTER WILL PROTECT YOUR
WOUND AND IMPROVE
THE HEALING PROCESS
OF YOUR SKIN.”
In the treatment of minor everyday injuries using standard first aid dressings and plasters...
- protect your wound from external influences and prevent contamination and infection.
- ensure absorption of blood and secretion,
- reduce pain and mechanical trauma to a minimum during dressing removal and improve your comfort.“
First choice for first aid: Some products that might help
Finding the right wound dressing has never been so easy: Just rely on these Elastoplast
products that should be in every First Aid Kit.
The original Elastoplast Fabric Plasters is suitable for covering all types of smaller wounds and should be a part of anyone's medicine cabinet.
The all-purpose Elastoplast Heavy Fabric Plasters offer strong adhesion and come in different versions. For example, the Elastoplast Antibacterial Plaster offers added protection against infection with antiseptic silver in the wound pad. The Aqua Protect Plasters are even ideal for protecting your wounds while swimming and showering.
A plaster that protects your wound and can adapt to all of your movements is the Elastoplast Fabric Roll Plaster. The Elastoplast Antibacterial Plaster also comes with added silver-protection against infection.
For hypoallergenic wound protection consider Elastoplast Clear Plasters. It is made with soft and breathable material, is painless to remove and offers skin friendly protection.
Fortunately, it’s not difficult to prevent some scars and reduce others. Follow this advice and you may have a tale to tell about your accident – without the scar to prove it.
The Best Scar Prevention: Good Wound Care
1. Clean out a fresh cut or scrape properly. Proper cleansing helps prevent infection and promotes the best possible healing. Remove with a dry clean cloth or rinse under water. Irritants such as harsh soaps aren‘t good for cleaning minor wounds. In fact, these substances can actually delay healing. Additional disinfection may be recommended. You may want to use Elastoplast Wound Spray instead.
2. Keep it covered. Keeping your wound covered with a wound dressing will help it heal undisturbed and protect it by preventing bacteria or dirt from entering and irritating the wound. Choosing a special Fast Healing plaster will help speed up the healing process by up to 50% and help reduce the appearance of scars. (also see: 5 good reasons for moist wound healing).
Tip: If you want to use wound cream to help keep your wound moist, try Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment which already contains cream.
Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.
Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly.
In case you have diabetes, a proper wound care is of special importance. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or podiatrist, even for the care of minor wounds and skin cracks – especially on your feet.
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainty of treating your wound properly.
The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.
For further information regarding Elastoplast products, please contact us via email on Consumer care: ConsumerSA.External@beiersdorf.com or phone: 0860 102 091. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages.