Wash your hands thoroughly before treating the wound.
Gently brush away any foreign object on the surface, such as gravel or sand.
Clean the wound and surrounding area, wiping away from the wound, using sterile swabs, warm and sterile water, and a mild antiseptic.
Pat dry the skin around the wound but do not wipe away blood clots.
Apply a sterile, non-adherent dressing, if necessary.
Stop any bleeding by applying direct pressure.
Cut away or remove the clothing around the wound.
Carefully clean the wound if it is not bleeding and apply a sterile dressing.
If the wound is dirty or caused by a rusty object, a tetanus toxoid injection may be needed.