It depends how bad it is, how much time I have, and what I am doing at the time. It I am cooking, I will put on a bandage as soon as it happens. Otherwise, I try to hold off as I hate wearing a wet or smelly bandage.
I wait for the bleeding to stop by applying pressure. I usually bleed a lot and ruin the dressing, so I wait until it becomes civilised and then apply appropriate application such as iodine and then a good quality sticking plaster as cheap ones just fall off.
Very scary, jonaj, nice that you have such a good son :-) I did a bad one about 3 months ago (mandolin slicer) and really hit the panic, blood was gushing, the pain was exquisite, I could see the bone . . still not 100% . . was amazed how I went into autopilot and did the necessary things. (It bled for four days and I lost a piece of flesh that I thought was a chunk of potato)
Hello Ladies'.....I was taught if you've to carry a sharp object, do so by your side, with the point downwards.
This way if you, example, trip, the object falls from your hand harmlessly to the floor, ie no injury to oneself!
Keep yourselves safe out there in 'Answer Angels' land!
I usually take a spoonful of turmeric powder and dump it on the cut - stops bleeding really quickly ! I have cut myself really bad with a can some time ago - so bad that the flesh was visible. Turmeric really helped the wound heal quickly - no doctor visit thankfully !
I apply pressure first to atop the bleeding, then put the Band aid on. No point trying to put on a Band aid, if there is blood pouring down your leg. You must stop that blood flow first or you will be changing the Band aid constantly, as they can only hold so much blood. They weren't designed to cater for a large bleed. Once the blood flow lessens or stops, is the best time to put the Band aid on, if you want to use the Band aid efficiently. Best to use only one instead of several.
Thank goodness, I've not had a bad cut.
But any cut, I wash with salt water, then apply Betadine, or Savlon, then good quality sticking plaster.
I prefer fabric. I've Elastoplast strip, which can be cut to size required. Also the wide Woolies brand plasters' I've found to be very good.
Wash, & change every day.
Many years' ago, my daughter fell off her little trike, backwards, against corner of our brick letterbox, literally slicing about an inch of her scalp.
Got my next-door-neighbour to come with me, to hold disposable nappy(thickest 'bandage' I had, against her head, as wound bled profusely) to local Emergency Doctor, who stitched her up, & all was ok. Her hair has never re-grown at that injury!
Doctor got me to sit down, as apparently the shock just started to hit me, as I was turning very pale, when situation in hand!
Oh! Thanks, Vee.....I seem to 'take control' in a dire situation to the nth degree, then when all's well, it hits me, like a bulldozer!
Whenever there was a 'dire situation' with my children, from baby-age to teenagehood, my husband was ALWAYS at ARes commitments! It never failed!
I got my 'revenge' though, & joined ARes myself, so HE then had the problems!