Skin Wounds/ Cuts/ Sores/ Abrasions

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

Skin wounds, cuts, sores, and/or abrasions are common occurrences for school age children. A break in a child’s skin can lead to infection for the child and possibly others. With this in mind, it is important for school staff to recognize and report impaired skin integrity to the designated school health designee and parent/guardian.

MEASURES TO BE TAKEN:

  • Emphasis on good, personal hygiene, especially hand washing, is essential to reducing the risk of infection.
  • Wear disposable gloves, when exposed to blood or other body fluids.
  • All wounds should be washed gently with soap and water to remove dirt.
  • If a blister is present DO NOT BREAK BLISTER.
  • Rinse affected area under running water.
  • Pat affected area dry with gauze or paper towel.
  • Apply a clean dry dressing (non-adhering for scrapes) and bandage.
  • In some instances where bandages cannot be applied (e.g. scalp) hats and clothing can be effective barriers in preventing the spread of infection.
  • Check student’s tetanus record for DPT/DT/Tdap to see if up to date.
  • Contact responsible school authority and parent/legal guardian.
  • Complete a student accident report if indicated.

IMPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOL:

Students/staff with open skin wounds/cuts/sores/abrasions need to keep the affected area covered. All sores must be covered until they have healed. If signs/symptoms of infection are present, such as redness, swelling, or drainage, refer the student/staff member to their health care provider. Contact Coordinated Student Health Services at 754-321-1575 if additional information is needed.