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A few days ago, a friend of mine, who has a degree in instrumentation, told me that in a hospital she visited, they use bleach water from the cleaning cart for wound healing in burn patients.
I looked for scientific evidence. As I expected to find, the problem is not using chlorine bleach to heal wounds, the problem is extracting it from the cleaning cart. Chlorines are irritating to the skin and painful to apply at industrial concentrations. Even if a doctor dilutes it, which happens, he will never know the real concentration of the product used.
There is currently a chlorine-based pharmacological preparation called Dakin Carrel’s solution. It is inexpensive and unstable and should be used according to the pharmacopoeia formulation, made by a pharmaceutical professional.
Acid-based compounds such as Dakin’s solution are corrosive to healthy tissue, especially in high concentrations. This solution can quickly lose its action after application due to the instability of the compound. Gauze soaked in the solution has a greater effect. It is recommended to use an oil-based product to protect healthy skin around infected or burned wounds.
How long does it take for a cut on the finger to heal?
Before proceeding with first aid it is important to assess the type of cut or wound to be treated. If the bleeding is serious, the cut is very deep or you see that you have something embedded in the wound, such as a glass or other sharp object, go to your health center so that they are the ones who assess how to heal the wound.
To assess the type of wound and its severity, you have to check it with clean hands. And if possible, and if the area of the cut does not prevent you from doing so, it is a good idea to disinfect your hands with a solution such as Sterillium®.
What to do when you cut your finger with a knife
Older adults are at increased risk for injuries and fractures because they lose muscle mass and bone strength as they age. They also have more problems with vision and balance, which increases their risk of accidental injury.
An acute injury could occur as a result of a direct blow, sharp injury or fall, or from twisting, jerking, crushing or bending a limb abnormally. The pain may be sudden and severe. Bruising and swelling may also occur soon after the injury. Acute injuries include:
Overuse injuries occur when too much stress is placed on a joint or other tissue, often by “overdoing” an activity or repeating the same activity. Overuse injuries include:
Gently rinse to remove any dirt, wrap the amputated part in a clean cloth, place the wrapped part in a plastic bag, place the bag on ice to keep the finger cool, and take it to the hospital.
I cut my finger and it’s throbbing
shock and death. Bleeding can cause blood to pool under the skin, which turns black or blue (bruising). Apply a cold compress to the area as soon as possible to reduce swelling. Do not put ice directly on the skin. Wrap the ice in a towel first.Causes
First aid is appropriate for external bleeding. If there is heavy bleeding, or you think there is internal bleeding or the person is in shock, get urgent help.WHEN TO USE A TOURNiquetIf continued pressure has not stopped the bleeding, and the bleeding is extremely heavy (life-threatening), a tourniquet may be used while medical help arrives. A tourniquet should not be used while medical assistance arrives.
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