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Shoulder Injury Wound Care
- Control bleeding with direct pressure.
- Use a gauze or clean cloth directly on the wound.
- Maintain the pressure for at least 10 minutes.
- Do not keep looking at the wound.
- Clean the wound with mild soap and water. Running water can help remove dirt.
- You may gently dab the wound with hydrogen peroxide to remove clotted blood or debris. Do not scrub or re-injure the wound.
- Be sure there is no dirt or other foreign material left in the wound.
- A butterfly bandage can be used to close very small, clean cuts.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment and a dry dressing.
- Cover the wound with gauze or elastic bandage.
- Keep the wound clean and dry.
- Protect and rest the injured skin.
- Elevate the injured shoulder.
Ongoing care for minor skin wounds includes:
- Abrasions may be cleaned 2-3 times a day with a mild soap such as dilute baby shampoo, but do not disturb clean, dry scabs.
- Dry the wound gently, and completely, with a clean towel or gauze.
- Apply an antibiotic and a dressing as needed.
Tetanus shots (boosters) can be given up to three days after an injury, as long as you have had all your tetanus shots in the past. A tetanus booster seldom needs to be given right at the time of the wound. This is not an emergency and can be done in the doctor's office or clinic.
A tetanus shot is necessary right away if you have not had three tetanus shots at any time in your life.
You need a tetanus shot within three days for:
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PubMed Shoulder Injury References
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