Self-Care at Home
- Any wound that results in a break in the skin should be cleaned with soap and running water.
- All open wounds are at risk to develop tetanus. Wounds from objects outdoors or crush injuries are at higher risk for getting C. tetani spores into a wound.
- Apply a clean and dry cloth to stop or minimize bleeding.
- Apply direct pressure to the site of bleeding to help minimize blood loss.
- Do not take chances; if the injured person is unsure of their tetanus vaccine status or if the injury may have "dirt" in it, they should visit the nearest emergency-care center.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014
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