Accidents and injuries can happen at any time in any location. Knowing how to administer basic first aid for wounds is a valuable skill that can prevent unnecessary blood loss and tissue damage before you can reach the closest emergency department or hospital. Clean the wound by running it under water, but avoid using soap, iodine, or hydrogen peroxide. Hold a clean, dry cloth against the skin to slow any bleeding. If a wound continues to bleed after 20 minutes, seek hospital care. Bandage a wound using clean bandages and apply antibiotic ointment one to three times a day, cleaning the wound each time and applying a new bandage. If you aren’t sure how to administer first aid or a wound isn’t responding to home treatment, visit the closest emergency room immediately.
The emergency care department at Palms of Pasadena Hospital is open 24/7 to administer professional care for wounds, injuries, and illnesses. Our hospital also offers wound care services, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to address slow-healing wounds. You can reach a registered nurse for the answers to your questions by calling (855) 245-8328; visit our website to find out more about emergency care near St. Pete Beach.