|Procedure, part 1|
To treat a minor cut at home first wash your hands thoroughly with soap to avoid infection. Next wash the cut with mild soap and water.
|Procedure, part 2|
Apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding.
|Procedure, part 3|
Apply an antibacterial ointment to coat and protect the wound.
|Procedure, part 4|
Once the wound has stopped bleeding cover it with a bandage that will not stick to the injury.
Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.