What is the First Aid Treatment for An Embedded Object?

Deep wounds can happen in a moment, in any environment. Typically when we think of deep wounds, we envision a catastrophic event such as a serious road crash, an explosion or a violent confrontation. But serious injuries such as embedded objects can occur anywhere, from the workplace to the home, and can be caused by the most harmless events such as slips, trips and falls. So what should we do if there is an embedded object in the wound?

This blog will discuss the first aid treatment for an individual with an object embedded in a wound.

What is an embedded object wound?

An embedded object wound is usually the result of an accident where a person might stand on glass with bare feet or fall onto a sharp object.

In some cases, this may result from violence such as stabbing. If the object remains deeply embedded in the tissue, we should adopt the indirect pressure technique.

What should you do if there is an embedded object in a wound?

An object embedded in the wound (other than a small splinter) should not be removed. As it may be stemming from bleeding, or further damage may result.

Use sterile dressing and bandages to ‘build up around the object. So this will apply pressure around the wound and support the object. Send the casualty to the hospital to have the object removed.

How would you remove a splinter?

If a splinter is deeply embedded and difficult to remove or on a joint, leave it in place and follow the advice for embedded objects above. A splinter can be removed by following these steps:

  • Carefully clean the area with warm soapy water. Pot the area dry. Do not disturb the splinter.
  • Using a pair of clean tweezers, grip the splinter as close to the skin as possible. Gently pull it out at the same angle that it entered.
  • Gently squeeze around the wound to encourage minor bleeding. And rewash the wound, then dry and cover with a dressing.
  • Seek medical advice to ensure the casualty’s tetanus immunisation is up to date.

What should you do if an object is stuck in the nose, ear or other orifices?

Do not attempt to remove anything that someone has got stuck in their ear, nose or other orifices. Take them to the hospital where the professionals can remove them safely.

How to control severe bleeding by the person who has an embedded object in a wound?

Place a sterile bandage or clean cloth on the wound. Press the bandage firmly with your palm to control bleeding. Apply constant pressure until the bleeding stops.

Maintain pressure by binding the wound with a thick bandage or a piece of clean cloth.

Where can I find online first aid training courses and qualifications?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

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