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How to Properly Treat a Deep Cut

When you get a deep cut, following a proper wound care protocol is essential to prevent infection and promote healing. Here’s a simple guide with steps and a list of items to have on hand.

Treat a Deep Cut

First, here are the items I recommend purchasing:

1.) Clean the Wound

What to Do: Wash the wound with soapy water to remove any debris.

Why: Cleaning the wound helps remove dirt and bacteria, reducing the risk of infection.

2.) Disinfect

What to Do: Apply an iodine solution to disinfect the wound.

Why: Iodine is an effective antiseptic that kills bacteria and helps prevent infection.

3.) Dry

What to Do: Gently pat the area dry using a clean cloth or sterile gauze.

Why: Drying the wound prepares it for further treatment and helps prevent additional contamination.

4.) Apply Antibiotic

What to Do: Use a triple antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.

Why: The antibiotic ointment helps kill any remaining bacteria and keeps the wound moist, which can promote healing.

5.) Seal

What to Do: Use wound closure devices to close the wound edges. First, ensure the wound edges are aligned. Apply Steri-Strips, butterfly bandages, or wound closure strips across the wound to hold the edges together.

Why: Wound closure devices offer a strong, flexible, and secure closure, reducing the risk of infection and promoting faster healing.


  • Medical-Grade Super Glue / Wound Closure Device: For sealing the wound edges.
  • Emergency Laceration Closures: Senvok Emergency Wound Closure Device, Zip Sutures.
  • Butterfly Bandages: For additional support.
  • Dermabond (skin adhesive): A reliable skin adhesive.

6.) Protect

What to Do: Cover the wound with a sterile bandage to keep it clean.

Why: A sterile bandage protects the wound from dirt and bacteria, helping to maintain a clean healing environment.

Options: Non Adherent Pads and Leukotape P