[firstaidinthekitchen 2] – when you cut your finger julienne

Take care of your fingers when cutting, this is one of the first lessons in the kitchen. I was careful, but I still couldn’t get away without cutting my nails or fingers. :))))) And I still don’t know how to cut vegetables perfectly julienne… but I’ll grow up someday… 😛

The things you can cut yourself into are just about all the sharp kitchen utensils, knives of all sizes, can lids and even paper; including sharp edges of the stove or meat grinder or blender blades. I managed to cut myself in almost everything, fortunately without long-term consequences. 🙂

In order not to need first aid, it is recommended to store the knives in a special, protected place. If you keep them in the drawer, put them down with the blade. If you keep them in a vertical dryer, likewise, make sure the tip is down. Be careful how you use them, do not gesture while you have a sharp object in your hand and someone else is next to you, do not walk with them in your hand and if it is necessary, hold the tip down. Be careful where you recycle open cans.

If you cut yourself, first aid means stopping the bleeding as soon as possible and covering the wound. If it is a superficial cut, clean with water and cover with kitchen paper or a patch. If there is a deeper cut, clean with water and cover with a sterile compressive bandage – which aims to stop the bleeding – after which you bandage the wound. If you don’t have compresses, use a clean towel. If you have to help a friend, try using gloves or wash your hands quickly with soap and water before giving first aid. And if the friend is left with the knife in his hand… well, whatever you do, don’t take it out. 🙂 Immobilize it with some extra bandages and bandage around it. (Don’t know how? Go take a first aid course!!!)

To be ready, you also need a mini kitchen first aid kit that contains patches (including those that can be used in water), sterile compresses or bandages, disposable gloves.

If the wound is very deep or you can see your muscles/ bones/ tendons, or if you cut sensitive areas or when the bleeding does not stop, call the emergency services as soon as possible.

As a general idea, at least once in your life you should take a practical first aid course at the Red Cross or elsewhere (ask beforehand if the course is only theoretical or has a practical part). Also, you should have a mini first aid kit on hand – you never know when you’ll need it. 🙂

Bibliography: European First Aid Manual, 2006; International First Aid and Resuscitation Guidelines, IFRC, 2016.

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