Small Wounds and Cuts

Worker Handout for at-home and return-to-work wound care
You have an open wound.
With proper care it should start to feel better in about 3 to 4 days.
The healing process will be more effective by following this advice:

  • Keep the dressing clean and dry
  • If wound (skin) closures have been applied, they are to remain in place for 7 to 10 days
  • When bathing or showering, cover the dressings to prevent moisture from entering
  • You should notice some redness around the wound, which is a natural part of the healing process
  • You may also notice slight pain the day following the injury, this is also a natural part of the healing process
  • Report to first aid within 24 to 48 hours for follow up care
  • First aid will reassess and rebandage

If at any time you notice that pain, redness and swelling increase significantly or if there is pus or red streaks coming from the wound, report to first aid, who may refer you to medical aid. If the condition becomes significantly worse while you are not at work and you decide to seek medical aid, notify the attendant as soon as possible.
WorkSafeBC – Certification Services April 2011